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Rutherford Co. Deputy Accused Of Bringing Contraband To Inmates

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Deputy Keith Knowles Deputy Keith Knowles
Cpl. David Ashburn and his K9 search a cell at Rutherford County Adult Detention Center. Cpl. David Ashburn and his K9 search a cell at Rutherford County Adult Detention Center.
Detective DJ Jackson and Deputy Matt Kunce check a jail cell for contraband at Rutherford County Adult Detention Center. Detective DJ Jackson and Deputy Matt Kunce check a jail cell for contraband at Rutherford County Adult Detention Center.

RUTHERFORD COUNTY, Tenn. – A Rutherford County detention deputy was terminated earlier this month after he allegedly brought marijuana, tobacco, and a cell phone to inmates at the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center.

Sheriff Robert Arnold terminated Deputy Keith Knowles on May 10 for bringing contraband into the jail and for conducting himself in a manner unbecoming to an officer.

The sheriff's office had received information earlier this month that an officer brought a cell phone and tobacco to inmates. An investigation found Knowles brought the items into the facility.

"It is very disappointing to me to have a deputy with a long career with the sheriff's office allegedly bring contraband to inmates," Sheriff Arnold said.

During an interview, Knowles gave a statement about his involvement, which resulted in his termination.

Officers thoroughly searched more than 800 inmates and their living areas and pods for contraband, and found some cigarettes and tobacco.

Sheriff Arnold said they will present their evidence to the district attorney's office for review, but no charges have currently been filed.

Knowles joined the sheriff's office as a detention officer June 23, 2008.

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