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Details released on charges against Unicoi sheriff

October 18th, 2011 3:24 am by Brad Hicks

A presentment document released Monday gives a little more information on some of the charges now faced by Unicoi County Sheriff Kent Harris following his indictment on 10 felony charges on Friday. The matter will be a topic of discussion for the Unicoi County Commission in the coming days.

On Friday, a Unicoi County grand jury returned 10 true bills charging Harris with 10 felony charges, which included six counts of official misconduct and one count each of tampering with evidence, criminal simulation, theft over $1,000 and attempted aggravated assault.

According to a release issued by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation on Friday, the six counts of official misconduct are the result of incidences occurring on several dates in June and July of 2010 when Harris allegedly had Unicoi County inmates perform labor on property owned by him.

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