2 Former Franklin Officers Charged With Misconduct

Posted at 11:32 AM, Dec 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-07 12:32:44-05

Two former Franklin Police officers have been arrested following an investigation.

Officials with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said Britton Douglas Cornell and Ryan Wayne Dugger have both been indicted on official misconduct and one count of official misuse of information.

Cornell and Dugger allegedly misused information in the Criminal Justice Portal. The TBI said they used it for “excessive inquiries on their days off and after hours” between January and April.

They added that neither Cornell nor Dugger is currently employed by Franklin Police.

Both were indicted on December 4. Cornell was arrested Wednesday, while Dugger turned himself in on Thursday morning. They were booked on a $5,000 bond. 

Franklin Police Chief Deborah Faulkner released the following statement: 

"After ordering an administrative investigation, I contacted District Attorney General Kim Helper to request a review of this matter by her office and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. The criminal indictments of Cornell and Dugger for Official Misconduct and Official Misuse of Information were the result. Franklin Police Officers depend on and value the trust of our citizens. Violating that trust is never an option.”