East Tennessee man seeking city office admits lying about video

CALHOUN, Tenn. (AP) -- A man running as a reform candidate has admitted lying to police about having video of someone vandalizing his campaign signs.

The Daily Post-Athenian reported Clifton Coleman confessed to filing a false police report after he was summoned to appear before the McMinn County grand jury to present the video.

Coleman said he lied about the video "to turn heads" and root out the culprits.

Assistant prosecutor Andrew Freiburg said Coleman could have been indicted on felony charges, but was not charged, in part because he immediately acknowledged the hoax.

Coleman is one of three candidates on a slate calling for government change in Calhoun -- a town of about 500 people in southern McMinn County.

On Aug. 15, their signs were found defaced by red paint marking out the candidates' names.

The election is Nov. 4.

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(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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