Williamson County Sheriff Ricky Headley was indicted on four counts of official misconduct:more>>
NASHVILLE, Tenn.- Tennessee Bureau of Investigation agents arrested Williamson County Ricky Headley Monday afternoon in Franklin.
A Williamson County Grand Jury indicted Headley on four counts of official misconduct, a Class E felony.
The TBI said the charges are a spin-off of the joint investigation between the TBI and Metro police of Brooks Pharmacy earlier this year.
In January, Metro police officers and TBI agents arrested Headley and Brooks Pharmacy owner Glenn Brooks and others.
During an investigation that started in 2005, authorities said Brooks dispensed drugs without prescriptions including painkillers to several individuals such as Headley.
Investigators said Headley received thousands of Lortab and Soma pills from Brooks Pharmacy without a legitimate prescription, according to a TBI news release. Lortab is a painkiller and Soma is a muscle relaxant.
The TBI continued to investigate Headley and found enough information to charge him again.
"We're just sorry to see this kind of thing going on," said Bruce White, a Williamson County resident.
"I think you're innocent until proven guilty and would want to give him the benefit of the doubt," said James Jackson, who lives in Williamson County.
TBI spokeswoman Kristin Helm said Headley is accused of using a county vehicle and representing himself as a public servant when he received the drugs on county time.
"You are expected to do certain things and not to act inappropriately, and not break the law," Helm said.
After he surrendered, TBI agents took Headley to the very jail he runs. He was booked there and later released on $5,000 bond.
If he's convicted, he could lose his job.
"I think it would be very difficult for him to continue leading effectively with all this hanging over his head," White said.
Since leaving a rehab center, the sheriff has continued to work and doesn't plan on stopping.
"But if there's anything to these allegations, then I think he's got an obligation to step down," Johnson said.
This is a four-count indictment, but a jury can only choose one of the four descriptions of official misconduct if they eventually convict Headley.
Headley and his attorney have maintained his innocence all along. His attorney said Monday the sheriff did not forge a prescription to get the drugs so there's no reason for a felony charge. Headley is expected to appear in court later this month.