TBI: Bledsoe County woman accused of trying to bribe deputy, judge

Sonya Hawkins Nale of Pikeville, TN faces indictments on two counts of bribery of a public servant. (Images: TBI, MGN)

Special agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) are investigating the case of a Bledsoe County woman accused of trying to bribe a deputy and a judge.

According to TBI spokesperson Susan Niland, Sonya Hawkins Nale of Pikeville was arrested Wednesday after an incident in September 2018.

Niland says that Nale had offered to pay an arresting deputy to drop charges against another person, and later offered to pay a judge in order to drop those same charges.

According to 12th District Attorney General Mike Taylor, Nale tried to bribe a deputy who was arresting John Adam Sims of Rhea County on suspected DUI and evading arrest charges. DA Taylor says Nale is also accused of trying to bribe a general sessions judge to help Sims.

DA Taylor requested in November 2018 that TBI and DA's Office investigators start looking into the bribery accusation.

On Monday, the Bledsoe County Grand Jury returned indictments charging Sonya Nale with two counts of bribery of a public servant.

She has been booked into Bledsoe County Jail on a $10,000 bond.

This is developing story - depend on us to update you as we learn more.


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