Anderson County Reserve Officer Accused Of Rape

By: Gordon Boyd
By: Gordon Boyd

The Sheriff says he's kicked a volunteer deputy off of the force.
But he won't say why.
The case is now in the hands of TBI.
Volunteer TV's Gordon Boyd has more on the issues raised in this case.
Volunteer TV's policy regarding sexual assault claims is not to name the accused, or the alleged victim, unless a prosecutor brings criminal charges.
Critical here, is that the accused is a reserve deputy.
They are unpaid and required to buy their own gear and the same weapons as full-time officers.
And Anderson County is just as liable, if one of them gets hurt or hurts somebody.
Gregory Isaacs, whose client alleges a reserve officer raped says,
"How do you, with a female passenger, disappear and go off the radar for 45 minutes?"
Isaacs alleges that a 60-something Anderson County Reserve Deputy at best betrayed his duty, and at worst committed a crime by taking three times as long to take a woman, a third his age to her parents house earlier this month.
"You know that a very vulnerable young lady was sexually assaulted. That should trigger a duty to make inquiry to the training."
Paul White, Anderson County Sheriff, "We have a solid reserve program and our training program is fairly solid with reserve officers."
Sheriff White says his 34 reserves have twice the training Tennessee requires for such officers.
They've passed criminal background checks, and medical and mental exams.
"They do all of the functions most officers do," White says.
From patrol, to court, to jail and escorts, and transports.
And he sees no reason to change now.
"You've got an isolated incident here, and i mean you could have an isolated incident in anything you do."
But complicated enough, he says, to turn the allegations over to TBI.
Jennifer Johnson with the TBI says, "Tbi's role in this is to look at any activity that may have been criminal. But as far as procedural questions about hiring reserve deputies and those kinds of things, that would not be something we would be looking into."
Sheriff White says Anderson County could get by without its unpaid reserves.
"But it would be a tremendous hardship too."
Especially when he'll lose two deputies, to better paying departments in the next few weeks.
The Sheriff says his department is under-manned, with lower pay than Clinton, Oak Ridge or Lake City.
He'll be asking for more officers in his next budget, but that's nine months away.
Isaacs says his client may sue.
Depending on what his people, and TBI's agents, find.
The deputy accused could not be reached.


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