Former deputy arrested

Robert Chadwell

UPDATE: Robert Chadwell, the former Claiborne County Sheriff’s Department deputy jailed June 19 on charges from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI), appeared in Claiborne County Sessions Court Tuesday for a bond reduction hearing.

Chadwell’s bond was reduced to a $50,000 signature bond that his wife could sign. He was ordered to have a conditional release with the following conditions: No contact with his alleged victim nor family members, no use or possession of firearm or ammunition, and no weapons in his home – per agreement.

Chadwell was released from the Claiborne County Jail June 23.


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 June 18, 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.

The night of June 18 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 June 19, where was being held on $500,000 bond pending a scheduled appearance in Claiborne County Sessions Court June 23.

Chadwell had been with the Claiborne County Sheriff’s Department over ten years, according to sources.

If you have any information about a possible crime, you are asked to call 911 for emergency needs or the Claiborne County Sheriff’s Department at 423-626-3385. Crime tips called in to the CCSD remain confidential.

The Claiborne Progress will have more information as it becomes available.

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