Claiborne County Sheriff David Ray was arraigned in
Hancock County Monday morning on charges he raped a teenage girl during two
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."
By: Jake Jost,
Date created: 8/27/2007 3:48:43 PM
Last updated: 8/27/2007 3:49:48 PM
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
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
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,
Don Jacobs may be reached at 865-342-6345.
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
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
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.