Trouble in Tennessee Highway Patrol’s 6th District
by: AMANDA HILL BOND, Publisher
A former state trooper of the Tennessee Highway Patrol Sixth District has been charged with sex crimes.
According to a Department of Safety press release, Wade Williams, 38, of Pall Mall has been charged with two counts of aggravated statutory rape, sexual exploitation of a minor, two counts of especially aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor.
Williams waived his right to a criminal indictment and turned himself in on Wednesday, April 18th and appeared before Criminal Court Judge David Patterson.
These charges stem from a criminal investigation conducted by the Tennessee Highway Patrol's Criminal Investigation Division and District Attorney General Randall York after a complaint had been made to the Department of Safety. Williams had resigned on January 30th in lieu of termination for “gross misconduct” and had been a trooper for a little over 11 years. He is currently out on bond and is scheduled to appear in Pickett County Criminal Court at a later date.
The Captain of the Cookeville District was demoted and a Sergeant was suspended last week after an internal investigation was conducted regarding "policy violations". The Department of Safety announced that Capt. David Allred was demoted to Lieutenant and Sgt. Keven Norris was given a five day suspension and transferred out of the Criminal Incident Response Team (CIRT) to become road sergeant.
The internal investigators discovered that Capt. Allred and Sgt. Norris had failed to properly report an incident involving another trooper, but no evidence of criminal activity was found. Currently Pickett County native Lt. Kendall Riley is serving as commander of the Sixth Disttict until a replacement is found.