Former Knoxville cop charged with threatening prosecutor

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A former Knoxville police officer has been charged in what investigators say was an online threat to a prosecutor.

Donald Scott Clark was arrested at his Maynardville home Friday and charged with retaliation for past action, which The Associated Press describes as a seldom-used statute that makes it illegal to threaten a witness or court official in a judicial case.

Clark earlier lost his police job when he pleaded guilty to offering teenage girls alcohol. He posted messages on Facebook that authorities saw as threatening the life of Assistant District Attorney General Steve Sword.

The prosecutor said he couldn't discuss the arrest.

Clark is free on $5,000 bond. His lawyer says the posting was the ramblings of his client who has been using a prescription sleep aid.


(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Timbo Location: Blaine on Apr 18, 2011 at 10:37 PM
    Personally I don't think that a prescription sleeping medication (e.g. Ambien) would have anything to do with what a person writes/enters online. Which brings up another topic. People are just so stupid to write their comments online, especially in a social networking site like Facebook, where all the world can see them. This is why I've always said that if you have any personal comments about anybody, don't email them, don't post it on a social network, and don't gossip it to people you don't know. Either confront the person that you have a comment about face to face, or call them and talk it over! People are so naive when it comes to the internet nowadays. They just don't realize who might be reading it and it gets them into "hot water" both legally & illegally!
  • by Concerned Location: Knox on Apr 18, 2011 at 06:47 PM
    KPD destroys the trust of children when they borderline rape them, now they threaten the prosecutor and will probably walk. To protect and serve THEMSELVES


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