- Associated Press - Friday, June 19, 2015

NEW TAZEWELL, Tenn. (AP) - A Clairborne County sheriff’s officer has been arrested on charges of extortion and bribery by a public servant.

The Knoxville News Sentinel (http://bit.ly/1CilOb3 ) reports that 49-year-old Robert G. Chadwell of Tazewell was arrested on Thursday by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

The TBI says in a statement that it was called upon earlier this week by 8th Judicial District Attorney General Jared Effler to investigate allegations that Chadwell was corrupt.

Authorities say they were investigating a claim that Chadwell had taken money in exchange for not pursuing drug and weapons charges against a suspect.

TBI agents say they watched Chadwell take $2,000 from the individual during an undercover operation on Thursday. Chadwell was arrested and fired from the force.

Jail records do not indicate if Chadwell has hired an attorney.

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Information from: Knoxville News Sentinel, http://www.knoxnews.com

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