Former Monroe deputies indicted after pepper-spraying inmate

Former Monroe deputies indicted after pepper-spraying inmate

June 27th, 2012 by The Knoxville News Sentinel in Local - Breaking News

Thomas Goodman

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John Wilburn

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A grand jury has determined two former Monroe County deputies who pepper-sprayed a spitting inmate used enough force to warrant an indictment on criminal charges, including assault.

Sgt. Thomas Goodman and Capt. John Wilburn, who were allowed to resign following the Jan. 17 incident, were arraigned this week in Monroe County Criminal Court before Judge Carroll Ross on charges of assault and official oppression, court papers show.

A Monroe County grand jury on June 6 indicted both men, who had initially been arrested on misdemeanor assault charges.

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