Bebb confirmed the investigation was turned over to the TBI Thursday, but declined to identify the deputy.
Illana Tate, information officer for the TBI, confirmed early today an allegation of sex abuse of a child is being investigated.
Bradley County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Wayne Bird said today that the deputy was placed on administrative leave.
“We feel it is improper at this time to name the deputy, due to the nature of the allegation,” Bird said. “Hopefully, the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office will have more information soon pending outcome of an Internal Affairs [inquiry] and the TBI investigation.”
TBI’s Tate also declined to identify the deputy.
“Last Thursday, TBI was requested by the DA's office to begin an investigation. At this time I have no other details that can be released. The name of the deputy is not being released right now.”
Additional information about the investigation will be published in a later edition of the Cleveland Daily Banner. The deputy’s identity will be disclosed if it is released by the BCSO, the DA’s office or the TBI. As of late this morning, all three agencies continued to decline to provide identification.
To date, an authorized news release from the BCSO, the DA’s office or the TBI identifying the deputy has not been provided.