Caught on Tape: Sevier Co. Sheriff accused of assault

Sevier County (WVLT) -- Public remarks lead to a public confrontation in Sevier County, where a former political opponent claims Sheriff Ron Seals assaulted him.

It happened Monday night as the county commission quickly adjourned a public meeting while Brad Lowe was speaking.

Volunteer TV's Rob Pratt joins us with more, including video of the incident that you'll see only on WVLT.

Brad Lowe admits he wanted to be sheriff, and it's no secret that he and Sheriff Seals do not get along.

But he says what happened to him Monday night is inexcusable, and he wants to see Sheriff Seals prosecuted for assault.

The Sevier County Commission gave Brad Lowe a chance to speak last night, but not for long.

When he started making accusations about abuse by jailers, commissioners adjourned the meeting.

Lowe kept his own camera rolling as the Sheriff crossed the room to confront him.

Lowe:"Oh no, that's an assault sir."
Seals:"I didn't assault you."
Lowe:"Yes you did. That hit me. I'm going to got take out a warrant for you sir."
Seals:"Do what you need to."
Lowe:"I will"
Seals:"Do what you need to."
Lowe:"I will fat boy."
Deputy:Hey, hey."
Seals:"You need to go."

Lowe says Seals assaulted him when he slapped the camera lens and his hand.

Lowe talked to District Attorney General Jimmy Dunn this afternoon, hoping prosecutors will pursue assault charges against the Sheriff, "If that's the way he's going to deal with problems, I think he needs to see a psychiatrist."

Clark King was at the meeting.

He's admits he's had problems with the sheriff before, but says the sheriff is the problem, "Sheriff Seals is way out of line in his conduct toward me personally earlier, he's way out of line in his conduct toward Mr. Lowe, and you shouldn't have public officials like that."

We tried to give Sheriff Seals a chance to tell his side of the story, but his staff told us the Sheriff is out of the office.

We left our phone number, but we haven't heard from the Sheriff.

Chief deputy Larry McMahan would not comment either, saying he'd prefer that any comment come from the sheriff.

Lowe says, "When my rights are infringed upon, it will soon be your rights that are infringed upon, and therefore, if we don't take a stand now, I just hate to think what could happen."

Let's be clear, no charges have been filed against Sheriff Seals or anyone at this point.

We talked with District Attorney General Jimmy Dunn, but he could not comment.

Lowe says if local prosecutors do nothing, he'll contact the united states justice department, hoping they will get involved.

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  • by Jane on Sep 9, 2010 at 11:10 AM
    Seriff Ron Seals is a bully and plays diry politics...he should resign from office. I don't feel the citizens of Sevier County realize how dirty he is. Personal dealings with Mr. Seals was very difficult. He stated to me that I have no rights! "Look at the Constitution." I know the Constitution protects the very rights he is trying to take aways by playing dirty politics.
  • by Liz Location: Sevierville on Mar 24, 2008 at 02:23 PM
    1st of all, Mr. Lowe needs to get a life, then he needs to get a clue. People are not going to vote for him for good reason. 2nd, I agree with Scott that the good ole boy system is not a good thing for the community. I was under the impression that the "spoils system" was thrown out upon President Garfield's assassination and the Pendelton Civil Service Act of 1883. Sevier County needs to get with the time!
  • by Debbie French Location: Sevierville on Mar 23, 2008 at 03:34 PM
    I get it now, Born & Raised you meant coparazzi, lol, pretty good, but really with all these negative posts about The Sheriff, do you really think the Citizens of our county are stupid enough to think your who you say you are? Let's give Mr. Seals a term in office and see what happens,Rome wasn't built in a day. And YES there are Officers who have College Educations and have been to the Police Academy. I know quite a few of them. Thats beside the point, my friends will tell you, your my friend and you do wrong I'll be the first to call you on it. All I am asking is give peace a chance, lets see how it goes, after all its not like Mr. Seals ask to be bumped up to Sheriff, it came in the wake of a death, not something he did. God Bless the former Sheriff's family, with people making comments about Mr. Montgomery, he's not here to defend himself so please leave him out of it. By the way I'm signing my "REAL" name cause if I have something to say to you, I do it to your face not under anlis
  • by PJ Brett Location: Seymour on Mar 23, 2008 at 08:04 AM
    Congratulations to the previous poster Cop you have hit it right on the head with your post. How many of those "Good ole boys" have a college education or have attended a Police Academy. I was going to make a comment about Staph Infections and how this nasty illness is common in the Sevier County Jail. How the "Good Ole Boys" do nothing about it. Staph-related illness can range from mild and requiring no treatment to severe and potentially fatal. All these issues need to be addressed and soon. Sevier County needs to catch up with modern day law enforcement.
  • by Cop Location: Sevierville on Mar 21, 2008 at 01:47 PM
    I have been in law enforcement for 10 years and I have known Seals for the entire time. Thankfully, I am lucky enough to work for a much better department. Its sad to see the county I grew up in still stuck in the age of the "good ole boy" syndrome. Whats makes it worse is that the good ole boys in Sevier County dont have the determination, education or willingness to bring the sheriffs office up to the standards of Knox or Blount County Sheriffs Office or Knoxville Police Department. Seals, to say the least, has been in the background of his former sheriff Montgomery, who was just as bad. Seals has no place being sheriff of that county. He has no understanding of modern day law enforcement. He is in there to keep it under Larry Waters control. When will the voters realize change is needed. And by the way, I dont support Lowe, Pierce or Layman. Sevier County needs a veteran street cop from a much larger agency to come in and move the department in a progressive direction.
  • by Truth Location: Knoxville on Mar 21, 2008 at 12:41 PM
    I wonder about all these accusations about Sevier County Jail,I beleive in pushiment for crime but first and formost we must uphell the law for all and no one is above it or below it no matter our opinion or position.I'm not shore who is wrong or right but we need to find out because it make us all look bad.
  • by goodness Location: TN on Mar 20, 2008 at 08:55 PM
    How stupid. People are so bored in these small counties. so so so so so sad!!
  • by Gary Location: Sevier County on Mar 20, 2008 at 07:49 PM
    I have known Sheriff Ron Seals personally for years and know him to be a kind, decent, good man who takes the welfare of Sevier Countains to heart. This is way more that I can say about Mr. Lowe, Mr. King or this reporter for WVLT. Maybe the reason he declined to speak to WVLT is because he knew they would get
  • by Law Dawg Location: Knoxville on Mar 20, 2008 at 07:15 PM
    Unfortunately, there will always be difficulties in dealing with the public in general. However, for the leadership to suddenly close the meeting, can only mean one thing. There is something to hide. Sevierville looks a little like Mayberry right now. Let's bring a little honor to the badge gentlemen.
  • by mr da Location: nashville on Mar 19, 2008 at 09:56 PM
    if they won't do something about this I will step in
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