Former deputy arrested


Robert Chadwell

KNOXVILLE – Special agents from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) have arrested a now former Claiborne County deputy accused of extorting money from an individual he was investigating.

According to a press release from the TBI, after receiving information from the Claiborne County Sheriff’s Department, Eighth District Attorney General Jared Effler requested TBI special agents investigate Robert Glenn Chadwell, 49, on June 16. During the course of the investigation, agents developed information that Chadwell allegedly solicited money from an individual in exchange for not pursuing drug and weapons charges against him.

On Thursday, during an undercover operation, agents observed Chadwell allegedly accept $2,000 from the individual and request additional cash as part of the agreement. The Claiborne County Sheriff’s Department subsequently terminated Chadwell’s employment.

Thursday night, TBI agents arrested Chadwell, charging the Tazewell man with one count of extortion and one count of bribery by a public servant.

He was subsequently booked into the Claiborne County Jail early Friday, where he is being held on $500,000 bond. Chadwell is scheduled to appear in Claiborne County Sessions Court June 23.

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