Sunday, July 23, 2017

Sheriff Watson Arrested on 6 Felony Charges

Judge Don Ash is picked to preside: the same judge that presided over the Bill Bivens vs Randy White lawsuit in Monroe County


Bradley County Sheriff Eric Watson was arrested and booked in his own jail last Friday, shortly after returning from a trip to Florida with his family.

Update 9/8/2017 The Times Free Press reports that a "forensic audit" of the BCSO's finances by the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury is underway--the investigation will include vehicle dispositions, expense reports, purchase orders, the drug fund, time cards, and transactions at the sheriff's garage.

The arrest of a county sheriff is a rare event--it's been almost 10 years since former Hamilton County Sheriff Billy Long was arrested by the FBI and convicted on money laundering, extortion, and other charges. Long was released from federal prison in 2016, but will serve a monitored 'house arrest' for another 5 years.

After a year long investigation by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, a grand jury indicted Watson on 6 felony counts--after getting his prints and mugshot taken, he posted a 30k dollar bond and was released from custody.

Through his attorney Jim Logan, Watson claims he is innocent of the charges and that none of the charges stem from any activity related to the sheriff's dept., or while he was in any official duty as sheriff.