JACKSBORO, TN. (WLAF)- An investigation by special agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has resulted in the indictment of a former corrections officer on charges related to bringing contraband into the Campbell County Jail.
In March, at the request of Eighth Judicial District Attorney General Jared Effler and the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office, TBI agents began investigating allegations of misconduct involving Michael J. McCarty (DOB: 10/19/79). During the course of the investigation, agents determined McCarty used his position as a corrections officer to bring contraband into the Campbell County Jail to give inmates in exchange for payments. The department terminated McCarty upon learning of the misconduct.
On Friday, the Campbell County Grand Jury returned an indictment charging Michael McCarty with two counts of Official Misconduct. Monday, with assistance from La Follette Police, McCarty was arrested at 104 Pecan Court in La Follette and booked into the Campbell County Jail on a $10,000 bond.
McCarty was transferred to another facility on Monday night, according to officials at the Campbell County Jail.
Sheriff Wayne Barton released a statement about the arrest:
“The integrity of this office will not be jeopardized or tarnished by the actions of anyone. We appreciate the trust and faith Campbell County places in our office each day. I would like to thank our deputies, The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and District Attorney Jared Effler’s Office for their assistance and continued support. The actions of one will not define the whole.” (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED 7/24/2023- 3:30 PM-UPDATED – 07/25/2023-6AM)