Knox Commissioner Ownby granted diversion on indecency charge

Knox County Commissioner Jeff Ownby granted diversion on indecency charge

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Prosecutors and the Knox County probation officers said Commissioner Jeff Ownby (right) complied with terms of his plea bargain following his no contest plea last May. Prosecutors and the Knox County probation officers said Commissioner Jeff Ownby (right) complied with terms of his plea bargain following his no contest plea last May.

By STEPHANIE BEECKEN
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Knox County Commissioner Jeff Ownby was granted judicial diversion Friday and a charge of public indecency against him was dismissed.

Prosecutors and the Knox County probation officers said Ownby, 45, complied with terms of his plea bargain following his no contest plea last May.

Ownby was arrested in May 2012 at Sharps Ridge Memorial Park during a police surveillance operation.

Officers say they saw Ownby having oral sex with another man at the park.

Under the terms of the agreement, Ownby wrote a letter of apology and remained in counseling. He also paid court costs.

Ownby remains on the Knox County Commission.

Commissioners voted 7-1 on May 28 to censure him. The reprimand had no legal recourse, but served as an official statement of disapproval for his actions.


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