Knoxville-The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation conducted an investigation which led to a Grainger County Grand Jury to indict 5 former correctional officers of the Grainger County Jail. The grand jury met on January 8, 2014.

On November 11, 2013, at the request of the office of the District Attorney General, James B. Dunn, TBI started an investigation of Official Misconduct into the actions of correctional officers that were present when 3 inmates escaped from the Grainger County Jail on November 10, 2013. The investigation revealed that former corrections officer, Michael Sane, allowed inmates to leave the jail by opening the outside door for inmates who would then scale the outside fence to pick up contraband. Those inmates would bring the contraband inside the jail to sell to other inmates. Additionally, he accepted bribes from inmates.

Former corrections officer, Tyler Farrow, was indicted for having knowledge of inmates with contraband and he refrained from performing his duties by law. During the investigation, it was discovered that former corrections officer, Jessie Cummings, had sexual contact with inmates. Additionally, former corrections officer, Joshua Bumgardner, was found that he intentionally allowed a female inmate to indecently expose herself to him.

Finally, during the course of the investigation, it was revealed that current patrol deputy, Jake Layel, had stolen cash during a cell search for contraband. All 5 individuals were also formally charged with Official Misconduct.  They are currently being held in the Grainger County Jail.


* From left to right: Michael Sane, Tyler Farrow, Jessie Cummings, Joshua Bumgardner and Jake Layel