Former UTC employee pleads guilty to public indecency citation

Former UTC employee pleads guilty to public indecency citation

February 23rd, 2018 by Zack Peterson in Local Regional News

James "Chuck" Cantrell

James "Chuck" Cantrell

Photo by Contributed Photo /Times Free Press.

A judge ordered a former University of Tennessee at Chattanooga employee to stay away from an adult movie theater on Rossville Boulevard where he and another colleague were cited for public indecency.

James "Chuck" Cantrell, the former associate vice chancellor of marketing and communication at the university, pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor citation Tuesday and can have it scrubbed from his record once he pays a $500 fine.

Cantrell, 56, received diversion, which is an alternative sentencing program often used for first-time offenders. In that program, a defendant pleads guilty and in exchange has their charges dismissed and expunged.

Joseph Wiram, the former coordinator for veteran student services at UTC, also received diversion when he pleaded guilty last month in Hamilton County General Sessions Court.

An undercover Chattanooga police officer entered Cinema One on Nov. 3 after receiving complaints about the business and saw Cantrell engaged in a sex act inside, according to court records. Wiram and a third man, Scott Jarrett, 49, also were cited for public indecency Nov. 29. All three were later booked and processed at the county jail in December.


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