The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation arrested the former Tellico Plains police chief Thursday after a nearly five-month investigation.
Former Tellico Plains Police Chief James Russell Parks Jr. was arrested Thursday after being indicted on one count of official misconduct in a probe of missing department funds.
An investigation by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation determined Parks was involved in a sexual relationship with an informant paid out of the department’s drug enforcement fund.
The TBI began investigating on February 14 after approximately $840 dollars went missing from the Tellico Plains Police Department’s drug enforcement fund. Investigators determined Parks to be the source of the missing funds.
A Monroe County grand jury returned an indictment against Parks Tuesday. He was arrested and booked into the Monroe County Jail Thursday on a $6,000 bond.
Parks resigned from the department after the allegations surfaced.