Claiborne Sheriff indicted for sex-related offenses involving teenage girl

Claiborne County Sheriff David Ray found himself in a familiar place this morning - in custody.

According to the Morristown Citizen-tribune Ray, 60, who was indicted by a Hancock County grand jury Monday for sex-related offenses involving a teenage girl, surrendered this morning at the Hancock County Jail, according to District Attorney General C. Berkeley Bell Jr.

UPDATED: Claiborne County sheriff posts bond on rape charges

By: Katie Allison Granju, Producer

Date created: 2/27/2007 3:06:21 PM

Last updated: 2/28/2007 1:32:04 PM

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Claiborne County Sheriff David Ray turned himself into authorities Tuesday morning, according to Hancock County District Attorney Berkeley Bell.

A Hancock County grand jury indicted the sheriff on Monday.

Ray is charged with two counts of sexual battery by an authority figure, one charge of statutory rape by an authority figure, and one charge of statutory rape.

The charges stem from two alleged incidents during hunting trips in November 2005 and November 2006 in Hancock County.

Ray was hunting with the grandfather of the 17-year-old girl he is accused of sexually assaulting.

Ray's attorney, John Rogers, says he will enter a plea of not guilty on behalf of his client.

"The sheriff believes strongly that a citizen of our great nation is presumed innocent until guilty in a court of law, and he was elected to do the job of sheriff and he wants to continue to accomplish the goals of his office to put the robbers in jail and stop the burglaries and do what is necessary as the sheriff," Rogers said.

Ray is expected to appear in court to be arraigned on the charges April 2.



Claiborne sheriff faces federal lawsuit

A federal court lawsuit filed Friday accuses Claiborne County Sheriff David Ray of raping a 17-year-old girl while on a deer hunt in November. Already the subject of a criminal investigation by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Ray also is accused of threatening the girl with his service weapon, holding her against her will in his truck and sexually molesting as well as raping her. The News Sentinel has more



Claiborne County Sheriff arraigned on rape charges

By: Katie Allison Granju, Producer

Date created: 4/2/2007 10:44:02 AM

Last updated: 4/2/2007 10:47:11 AM

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Claiborne County Sheriff David Ray was arraigned in Hancock County Monday morning on charges he raped a teenage girl during two hunting trips.
Ray, who was accompanied to court by his three attorneys, as well as his wife and daughter, pleaded not guilty to all charges.
The judge set Ray's trial date for August 1. He also imposed a gag order on all parties involved in the case, saying he wants a "nice, clean trial," rather than one "tried on the courthouse steps."


Mar 17, 2007


Indicted official should be suspended
Presumably Claiborne County Sheriff David Ray is at work today.
In his county office, behind his county desk, driving his county car, the sheriff is probably going through his daily routine which should be enforcing the laws of Claiborne County.
What a shame.
Last week Ray was indicted by a grand jury and charged with sexual battery by an authority figure and statutory rape by an authority figure. The charges come in connection with a 2006 incident involving an underage female on a hunting trip at a farm Ray jointly owns in Hancock County. He also faces identical charges for a 2005 incident allegedly with the same underage female.
Despite those serious charges, Ray is still working, the face of law enforcement in Claiborne County.
According to County attorney James D. Estep III, the county can take no action until he is convicted.
Again, what a shame.
It is our belief that Ray should be suspended immediately, though with pay. We believe strongly in the principle that citizens are innocent until proven guilty and to remove Ray’s pay would be to punish him before he had fully taken of his right to due process.
However, in his position as chief law enforcer in the county, we question whether or not he can adequately perform the duties of his job while under the cloud of these accusations. How can a sheriff properly enforce the laws of the community while preparing to protect himself against such allegation?
How can the people who work for the sheriff have the proper respect for the office while these accusations linger?
This week NBA player Ron Artest was suspended after an arrest for an alleged domestic assault. Why is it not acceptable for a basketball player to continue while facing charges, but perfectly OK for a sheriff to continue his duties?
There is no logic there.
If he is suspended and then found to be not guilty, the county should welcome him back on the job.
However, if Ray is guilty, it is our hope that he is punished to the full extent of the law without mercy.


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Sheriff wants alleged evidence tossed

“The probability of an unrelated individual having the same DNA profile... exceeds the current world population” Claiborne County Sheriff David Ray, who is accused of having sex with an underage girl, wants a judge to toss out DNA evidence that authorities maintain irrefutably links him to the alleged crime, according to ...

Ray's trial delayed by illnessRead the original story

Oct 23, 2007 | Citizen Tribune
... blockages located in the front of his heart," according to a motion to postpone the trial filed in Hancock County Criminal Court. Rogers' heart doctor, Harry L. Bishop, recommended that Rogers not practice law until Nov. 13 while he's being .

Judge reschedules rape trial for JanuaryRead the original story

Oct 25, 2007 | Citizen Tribune
... hearing during which Ray will seek to have key DNA evidence thrown out, was rescheduled for Dec. 10 in Hancock County Criminal Court, the spokesperson said. Ray's trial was scheduled to begin on Monday, but his defense attorney, John T. Milburn .

Judge reschedules Clairborne County Sheriff's rape trial for January

2007-10-25 13:37:38

According to a report in the Morristown Citizen-Tribune Criminal Court Judge John F. Dugger has tentatively rescheduled the sexual battery and statutory rape trial of Claiborne County Sheriff David Ray for Jan. 28-30.

A crucial motions hearing during which Ray will seek to have key DNA evidence thrown out, was rescheduled for Dec. 10 in Hancock County Criminal Court, the spokesperson said.

Ray's trial was scheduled to begin on Monday, but his defense attorney, John T. Milburn Rogers, was diagnosed with a serious heart condition that could require open-chest surgery.

A Hancock County grand jury indicted Ray for two counts of sexual battery by an authority figure and one count of statutory rape by an authority figure in connection with alleged sexual contact with an underage girl in 2006 and 2005.

The allegations surfaced in 2006 after the girl reported that she and Ray had sexual contact inside his pickup during a Thanksgiving Day deer hunt on a Hancock County farm.

The girl's grandfather, a long-time friend of Ray, was at another location on the farm when the alleged sexual assault occurred.





Knoxville Police officer arrested on aggravated assault warrant


By: Jake Jost, Investigative Producer

Date created: 8/27/2007 3:48:43 PM

Last updated: 8/27/2007 3:49:48 PM


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Knoxville Police have placed an officer on paid administrative leave following his arrest on an aggravated assault warrant.

Brian L. Hoover, 29, was arrested around 11 Monday morning and is held at the Knox County Sheriff's intake center on $10,000 bond. A warrant for his arrest was issued following the alleged assault's report on Sunday.

KPD reports Hoover has been a police officer since May 2002.


Arrest costs officer Ijams job, home

A Knoxville police officer suspended after allegations he assaulted his girlfriend was told Tuesday he would no longer be caretaker of Ijams Nature Center, where the alleged abuse occurred.

Brian L. Hoover had been living rent-free for the past two years at the South Knoxville nature center, said Paul James, executive director of the wildlife sanctuary.

Hoover, 29, was released Monday from the Knox County Sheriff’s Detention Facility after posting a $10,000 bond. He was arrested earlier the same day on a charge of aggravated assault. He is slated to appear Sept. 27 in Knox County General Sessions Court.

Records show Hoover, 29, is accused of inflicting abuse on his 24-year-old girlfriend during a five-hour ordeal Aug. 22. Court records state Hoover pointed a shotgun at the woman “while she was attempting to leave.”

Hoover also “kicked the victim and hit her with his hands and fists during this incident,” the records state. The woman had injuries to her face, stomach, right arm and hip, according to records.

That alleged abuse occurred at Hoover’s Island Home Avenue apartment at Ijams Nature Center, records show.

Reports state the woman had known Hoover about six weeks and that the officer had been abusive to her “on at least three occasions.”

Hoover has been an officer with the Knoxville Police Department since May 2002.

At the time of the alleged assault, Hoover already had been removed from patrol duties and was assigned to the Teleserve Unit taking reports by telephone. He was the subject of an internal affairs probe into allegations of rudeness and not properly filing reports.

Hoover was placed on administrative leave with pay pending an investigation of the abuse allegations. He was stripped of his police powers and his gun and badge were taken.

Mary Thom Adams, chairwoman of the board of directors with Ijams Nature Center, said the executive committee opted Tuesday to immediately strip Hoover of his caretaker duties at the sanctuary.

“We take all of this very seriously,” Adams said.

Hoover has 30 days to move out of the caretaker’s apartment at Ijams, James said.

Don Jacobs may be reached at 865-342-6345.


KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE - A Knoxville police officer already the subject of an internal affairs probe was arrested Monday after his girlfriend alleged that he had repeatedly beaten her with various weapons.

Officer Brian L. Hoover, 29, was jailed in lieu of $10,000 bond on a charge of aggravated assault, according to the Knoxville Police Department.

Hoover was placed on administrative leave with pay and his police powers have been suspended, according to KPD Capt. Gary Holliday. Authorities seized Hoover’s weapon and police identification, Holliday said.

Records show that Hoover’s 24-year-old girlfriend told investigators Sunday night she has been in a relationship with the officer for about six weeks. The woman alleged that the five-year veteran officer had been abusive to her “on at least three occasions.”

Records state investigators noted “visible injuries and bruises” on the woman’s body.

Hoover has been under investigation by KPD’s internal affairs unit for the past month, said KPD Lt. Ricky Ferguson. Ferguson said the internal probe involves allegations of rudeness and failure to submit departmental reports. The internal investigation is not finished, Ferguson said Monday.