- 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 (https://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.


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

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