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LIVE: Fentress County Sheriff accused of giving women inmates favors in exchange for sex

(WZTV/Fentress County Sheriff's Office)

LIVE @ 2 P.M.: Fentress County Sheriff Chucky Cravens had plead guilty to charges filed Thursday morning claiming he gave women inmates favors in exchange for sex.

Newly filed court papers accuse Fentress County Sheriff Chucky Cravens of giving female inmates favors in exchange for sex.

Cravens resigned, effective April 28, amid an investigation from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

Cravens is accused of using his position as sheriff to solicit sex from, and have sex with, women inmates at the Fentress County Jail in return for benefits.

In one instance, court papers allege Cravens took two women inmates off jail grounds and had sex with them in a vacant trailer and then told the inmates that they should tell correctional officers that they were hauling cornstalks. Court papers said Cravens maintained a relationship with these inmates until their release from jail in February 2017.

Also in February, Cravens is accused of taking an inmate off jail grounds to visit a relative and the two had unprotected sex in his vehicle on the way back to the jail.

Other court papers allege Cravens summoned a women inmate into his office where the sheriff had unprotected sex with her.

Some benefits Cravens gave the inmates in exchange for sex are going outside the jail, smoking cigarettes and providing money to inmates’ relatives for deposit in the inmates’ commissary accounts, court papers said.

The inmates used the jail phone to call Cravens more than 700 times between August 24, 2016 and March 1, 2017, court papers said.

Cravens is also accused of kicking a male inmate twice in the backside and placed him in a headlock while another correctional officer handcuffed him. After the inmate was handcuffed, Cravens struck him twice in the back of the head with a fist.

Cravens was charged Thursday in Federal Court with criminal information with three counts of honest services fraud and one count of deprivation of rights under color of law.

Cravens faces up to 20 years in prison for each count of honest services fraud and up to one year in prison on the civil rights charge.

Here are the charges filed against Cravens. Mobile users clock here to read.


A 2 p.m. news conference has been scheduled that Fox 17 News will carry live on Facebook.

This story will be updated.

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