Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold said he won't leave office despite facing federal corruption charges.
The Daily News Journal reported Arnold sent a text message Saturday to one of the newspaper's reporters that said he had no intention of resigning.
The text came a day after Arnold was brought into a federal courtroom in handcuffs. The sheriff, his chief deputy over administration, and the sheriff's uncle have been named in a 14-count federal indictment. Arnold has been accused of benefiting from a scheme to profit from the sale of electronic cigarettes in the jail he oversees.
The men faced multiple charges, including fraud, bribery, and obstruction of justice.
The sheriff has defended himself throughout the investigation. Court documents did not list lawyers for the other two men.