District Attorney's office drops charges against Chattanooga talk radio host

The District Attorney's office dismissed aggravated assault and aggravated child abuse charges filed against Reynolds last week. (Image: MGN)

UPDATE: (Thursday, Aug. 10) Hamilton County sessions court confirmed that charges against Jim "J.R." Reynolds have been dropped Thursday.

The District Attorney's office dismissed aggravated assault and aggravated child abuse charges filed against Reynolds last week.

Reynolds' attorney, Jerry Summers says they presented evidence to the District Attorney, and the DA decided that it wasn't a case that should be prosecuted.

Depend on us for details as we learn more.


Chattanooga Police arrested and charged WGOW-FM morning radio host Jim "J.R." Reynolds with aggravated assault and aggravated child abuse on Wednesday.

An affidavit obtained by NewsChannel 9 from Chattanooga Police describes the incident, which happened just after 9 p.m. at a home on Flagstone Drive.

The affidavit says an officer was dispatched to the home on a possible domestic violence call.

When that officer arrived at the home, he says in the affidavit he saw Reynolds' wife and two children standing on the edge of the road.

The affidavit says she told the officer she and her husband and her oldest daughter had been in a physical altercation that resulted from an argument over his daughter's use of her phone, and a fight she had been having with her little sister.

Reynolds' wife told the officer she saw her husband grab his daughter and push her against a couch, according to the affidavit. It goes on to say the daughter told the officer her father had grabbed her around the neck and pinched her nose closed, and then pushed her back into the couch.

The officer writes in the affidavit that he saw red marks around the daughter's neck and on her back.

Both the wife and the daughter provided signed, written statements about the incident.

The officer says Reynolds denied grabbing or choking his daughter, but he did say once he escorted her to her room, he pushed her onto her bed.

The officer then took Reynolds into custody. After he was handcuffed, the officer reports that Reynolds complained the handcuffs were on too tight, and said, according to the officer, "You have no idea what you've done. You've ruined my life and my reputation."

The officer checked the handcuffs and reports that they "safely met the Sheriff's policy for tightness," and then booked Reynolds into the Hamilton County jail on aggravated assault and aggravated child abuse charges.

NewsChannel 9 reached out to WGOW about this story, and we were told that Cumulus Media (which owns the station) will decline to comment on any personal issues of its employees.

UPDATE: Reynolds released this statement to NewsChannel 9:

"Obviously it's unfortunate and I've embarrassed myself, my family, and the places I work and are affiliated with.
I don't believe I was out of control and was disciplining a 12-year-old, my 12-year-old daughter whom I love dearly.
The police officer asked me if I put my hands on her, I said I did, and he said when that happens, it's definition of domestic violence."

This is a developing story. Depend on us to bring you more details as we get them.

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