A former Sullivan County Sheriff's Office corrections sergeant and local Boy Scout leader will serve five years in prison for sex crimes against children, followed by 15 years of probation.
Randy Hass, 48, of Kingsport, was sentenced Thursday afternoon. Sullivan County Assistant District Attorney William Harper reports that in August Hass pleaded guilty to 27 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor and 10 counts of official misconduct.
Hass was indicted in November of 2011 by a Sullivan County grand jury. He was terminated from his employment at the Sheriff's Office seven months prior — and less than 24 hours after the department launched an internal investigation into allegations against him.
At that time, Sheriff Wayne Anderson categorized the incident as, "the most disgusting and sickening employee investigation in my 13 years as sheriff.” The FBI was contacted to assist police and the district attorney’s office in the criminal probe.
"Thousands" of images containing minors engaged in sexual activity were allegedly discovered on Hass' computer and cell phone. Authorities say Hass either appeared in, or is believed to have personally taken, some of the photographs. Others were reportedly downloaded from the Internet.
Harper says Hass made contact with the victims through local Boy Scout activities. The Sequoyah Council previously told the Times-News that Hass was first registered as leader of a Kingsport troop in 2000.
His registration with that same troop continued through 2010, identifying him as an assistant Scoutmaster when it expired. Hass was also registered as the leader of a Boy Scout Explorer Post at the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office from 2002 through 2008.
Harper says Hass' attorney plans to appeal the sentence handed down on Thursday.