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Man Arrested for Rape of a Child after Grand Jury Hands Down Indictment

Thursday, 29 January 2015

A Knoxville man charged with four counts of rape of a child is being held in the Roger D. Wilson Detention Facility on a $200,000 bond.

19-year-old William Jacob Dykes of West Raccoon Valley in North Knoxville was taken into custody by the Knox County Sheriff’s Office around noon on Thursday. 

The arrest came after an investigation conducted by the Knox County Sheriff’s Office Family Crisis Unit that began in August 2014 led to a grand jury indictment that included four counts of rape of a child.

The KCSO Family Crisis Unit investigates cases involving Domestic Violence, Child Abuse, and Elder Abuse. The unit may be reached at (865) 215-6820 from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.  Monday-Friday. After 4:30 p.m. and on weekends, please call (865) 215-2243 for assistance.



KCSO Arrests Man During Armed Robbery

Wednesday, 28 January 2015
One man is in custody after robbing two businesses with a gun on Tuesday night. The first robbery took place around 8:20 p.m. when 31-year-old James Harrison Davis entered the Breadbox located at 7100 Tazewell Pike armed with a gun and demanded cash from the store clerk. Davis fled the scene with an undetermined amount of cash and a carton of cigarettes. The second robbery occurred just before 10:00 p.m. at the Texas Valley Mini Mart located at 8920 Maynardville Highway. Davis entered the store and forced his way behind the counter by threatening the clerk with a gun. Surveillance units of an ad-hoc task force comprised of KCSO's Narcotics, Special Investigations, and Major Crimes Units observed Davis running from the business and after a short foot pursuit, he was taken into custody. Davis is a suspect in multiple other robberies occurring within Knoxville and Union County. He is facing federal Hobbs Act charges in connection with these robberies. He has a criminal history in Knox County that includes theft.



One Dead in Roberts Road Wreck

Monday, 26 January 2015

A Mascot man was killed Monday night when his pick-up truck side-swiped a telephone pole and then went airborne and hit a tree.  William Malley, 67, was traveling north on Roberts Road, just south of Washington Pike, around 6:40 when the wreck occurred.  He died at the scene.  Officers say there were no obvious signs of alcohol or drugs.  It is undetermined if he was wearing a seat belt in his 1972 Chevy Pick-Up truck.



Violation of Use-of-force Policy Results in Disciplinary Action

Friday, 23 January 2015

The Office of Professional Standards of the Knox County Sheriff’s Office has completed an investigation into acts of officer-involved violations of KCSO’s use-of-force policy at the Roger D. Wilson Detention Facility.   One officer has been terminated, one officer has resigned, and two others disciplined. The incident occurred November 28, 2014 against an inmate, Louis Flack, 52, of Knoxville, who was charged with aggravated assault.

The investigation concluded that Corrections Officer Nick Breeden, 36, used techniques that violated policy and the use- of-force options taught by the KCSO.  It was recommended that his employment be terminated, and he was relieved of duties on January 23, 2015.  He had been with KCSO since 2011.

Officer Jesse Rudd, 27, resigned during the course of the investigation and had been with KCSO since January 2012.

The investigation revealed that Corrections Officer Chris Fustos, 29, committed violations that were not within the agency’s use-of-force guidelines.  He received disciplinary action of administrative leave without pay for two days.   He has been with KCSO for three years.

According to the investigation, Corporal David Sparkes, 47, the supervisor on duty, did not appropriately react to these violations.  He received disciplinary action of administrative leave without pay for five days.  He has been with KCSO since 2010.

The video below, taken from a jail security camera, shows the incident:

Louis Flack
Nick Breeden Jesse Rudd Chris Fustos Corporal David Sparkes



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