Indecent exposure charges against Hamilton County Board of Education member Gary Kuehn have been dismissed because the warrant for his arrest had expired.
Kuehn, R-Ooltewah, said he was happy about the dismissal.
"I am glad the proceedings are over and look forward to continuing to serve District 9 on the school board," Kuehn said in an email on Tuesday.
Kuehn had been scheduled for a court date on Tuesday to determine the validity of his arrest, but the Chattanooga Times Free Press was notified the case had been dismissed on Nov. 22. The order signed by Hamilton County General Sessions Court Judge Lila Statom dismissed the charges because the warrant for Kuehn's arrest was over 5 years old.
As previously reported by the Times Free Press, Kuehn was arrested in October on an expired warrant.
Kuehn's arrest came five years after a nurse filed a complaint with the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office that he exposed himself, as well as began to touch himself inappropriately after she administered a testosterone injection on Kuehn at a doctor's office in August 2017, according to the sworn affidavit seeking Kuehn's arrest.
The nurse also alleged that Kuehn asked her not to leave the room, after asking if the shot would make him aroused, according to the affidavit.
An arrest warrant charging indecent exposure was issued in early September of the same year, but by the time of Kuehn's arrest in October 2022, the warrant had been expired for at least 45 days, according to the Sheriff's Office.
Tennessee state law requires that any warrant past its five-year statute of limitation be deleted from the system.
Kuehn spent 39 years in education and has served as an administrator for Central High School, Hunter Middle School and the former Hamilton County Adult High School, now known as the Harrison Bay Future Ready Center. He took office as a school board member representing District 9 on Sept. 1. Schools in his district are Brown Middle, Central High, Harrison Elementary, Harrison Bay, Hunter Middle, Wallace A. Smith Elementary and Snow Hill Elementary.
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