published Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Cleveland police close probe into prosecutor's allegations against Bebb

Steve Bebb
Steve Bebb
CPD Bebb Incident Report
CPD Bebb Incident Report

The Cleveland Police Department has closed its investigation into allegations by a Bradley County prosecutor that she was assaulted by her boss, 10th Judicial District Attorney Steve Bebb, who subsequently fired her.

"We have worked with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to assure that the matter was handled properly," police public information officer Evie West said in a Wednesday statement. "The matter was resolved within the District Attorney's Office before we had a clear direction for the investigation."

Cynthia Schemel told the Times Free Press on Saturday that Bebb had fired her the previous day. That was two days after he grabbed her arm and cocked a fist at her during a tirade in the office, she said.

On Tuesday she was reinstated by Bebb to her position as an assistant district attorney, according to a news release.

"In many offices, disagreements sometimes arise among peers; the District Attorney's Office is no exception to this rule," the joint news release from Schemel and Bebb stated. "In regard to the events of the last week, in the best interest of the office and the people of the district, a resolution has been reached wherein General Bebb has reinstated [Schemel] to her position as an assistant district attorney."

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