Unicoi Sheriff Kent Harris indicted for misconduct

11:42 am | October 17, 2011

KNOXVILLE (AP) — The sheriff of Unicoi County has been indicted by a grand jury for misconduct charges that the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said stemmed from making jail inmates perform labor on his property in Erwin.

The TBI said Sheriff Kent Harris was served with a criminal summons on Friday after the grand jury returned the indictment. He faces six counts of official misconduct for having inmates perform labor on his property at North Mohawk Drive in Erwin in June and July of last year.

He was also accused of criminal simulation for faking a memo requesting payment from the county for a vehicle that had been donated to the county. A theft charge stems from Harris receiving $4,500 that belonged to the county. He was also indicted for attempted aggravated assault and tampering with evidence.

TBI began the investigation into allegations of misconduct made against Harris in September of 2010 after being requested by the First Judicial District Attorney General’s Office.

Harris has to appear in court within 10 days to be processed.

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