Lawrence County Sheriff Jimmy Brown issued a statement after being arrested on misconduct charges.
Sheriff Brown posted the following statement to his Facebook page:
"From the bottom of my heart, thank you for your prayers and encouragement. I am overwhelmed by the support I have received in response to the events of last week.
Three things are certain. I do not intend to plead guilty. I will fight the allegations leveled against me. And, I will continue my sworn obligation as Sheriff to protect and serve the good people of Lawrence County by ensuring your safety, freedoms, and God given rights.
My team and I are confident that our judicial system will afford me a speedy and fair vindication. I remain committed to my oath to support the constitutions of Tennessee and the United States and have faith in Captain Brewer as well as our deputies and staff to uphold their oaths and protect us all.
Please pray for the Sheriff’s department and me, along with all our dedicated law enforcement men and women. We have made huge strides over the last 8 years to make Lawrence County a safer and stronger community for you to call home. I will not allow unfounded accusations during the height of an election year to stop the progress we have made together."
Brown and his captain were arrested last week .
Sheriff Brown was charged with two counts of official misconduct, one count of use of inmate labor for personal gain, and one count of tampering with evidence.
Brewer was charged with one count of official misconduct. Both Brown and Brewer were arrested Thursday and booked into the Lawrence County Jail. Brown’s bond was set at $25,000 and Brewer’s bond was $5,000.