Former Police Chief Of Cross Plains Charged With Official Misconduct
CROSS PLAINS TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News) – An investigation by Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has resulted in the indictment of former Cross Plains Police Chief James K. Yates.
In June, at the request of 19th District Attorney General John Carney, TBI Special Agents began investigating Yates on allegations of misuse of governmental records.
During the course of the investigation, Agents developed information that between July 2016 and November 2017, while serving as chief of the Cross Plains Police Department, Yates used the Criminal Justice Portal System to make inquiries unrelated to his official duties.
The Criminal Justice Portal System is a tool used by law enforcement to research background information on citizens.
On November 14th, the Robertson County Grand Jury returned an indictment charging Yates, 36, of Cross Plains, with one count of Official Misconduct. Today, he was arrested and booked into the Robertson County Jail on a $2,500 bond.
Yates resigned his position as Police Chief for Cross Plains in March of this year.
Back in March, Yates told Smokey Barn News that he’s sorry to be leaving his position as Chief but it was just time to go. As far as the future for Yates, he didn’t want to offer specifics, other than to say at the time that he was looking at opportunities outside of police work.
Yates started his career in Cross Plains as an officer in 2009 and in 2013 was promoted to Chief. MORE
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