Ex Cop Charged with Trading Sex for Dropping DUI Charge
BLOUNTVILLE, Tenn. -- Save for a woman getting jilted in court, a former Bristol, Tenn., police officer's offer to drop her DUI charge in trade for sex might have remained a secret. Instead, prosecutors said they learned of former patrol Sgt.
Robert Caudill’s promise soon after a judge sentenced the woman Jan. 31 on her fourth driving-under-the influence conviction.
“He [Caudill] told her he could make the charge go away,” Sullivan County District Attorney Barry Staubus said Monday.
She twice had sexual dalliances with Caudill last year, complained to Staubus’ office and still wound up in jail, Staubus said.
On Monday, Caudill followed through on his agreement with prosecutors to plead guilty to two misdemeanor counts of attempting to commit official misconduct.
In return, Sullivan County Criminal Court Judge Robert H. Montgomery green-lighted the agreed probation sentence of 11 months and 29 days on each charge. The sentences are to run consecutively.
Caudill can wear a badge again one day, according the plea agreement, but only after finishing his probation in two years.
It won’t be back at his old department, said Caudill’s former boss, police Chief Blaine Wade.
“Not in Bristol, Tennessee, he won’t” Wade quipped after a reporter noted the sentencing terms.
Caudill joined the department in 2002, following a stint at the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office. He turned in his badge last week.
Prosecutors initially turned the case over to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and first told Wade of it last week.
Caudill resigned almost as soon an internal investigation began, Wade said.
“We were never able to talk to him,” the chief said.
PT - I wonder how many other women he's done that with.
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