Bradley County deputy suspended amid allegations he 'strangled' a 14-year-old at juvenile court-operated LEAF academy

The Bradley County Sheriff's Office is shown in this 2017 file photo.

A Bradley County Sheriff's Office deputy has been suspended with pay amid allegations he "strangled" a 14-year-old boy at a local alternative academy overseen by the Bradley County Juvenile Court, authorities said.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation confirmed Thursday a probe was underway at the Law Enforcement Academic and Fitness Academy, according to agency spokesperson Susan Niland. The academy operated by juvenile court is housed at Cleveland Middle School in Cleveland, Tennessee.

"At the request of 10th District Attorney General Steve Crump, TBI agents are investigating the actions of a Bradley County deputy during an interaction with a student attending the LEAF Academy," Niland said in an emailed response. "The investigation remains active and ongoing at this time."

The academy was formed in 1997 as a summer program for at-risk children involved in the court system, according to the academy website.