JOHNSON CITY – An investigation by Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has resulted in the indictment of a former Greene County probation officer accused of using his position to mistreat probationers assigned to him.
On December 12th, 2013, at the request of then-3rd Judicial District Attorney General Berkeley Bell and the Greene County Sheriff’s Office, TBI agents began investigating Damon Smith. At that time Smith was a probation officer employed by Correctional Counseling Institute. During the course of the investigation, TBI agents, along with investigators with the Greene County Sheriff’s Office and the 3rd Judicial District Attorney General’s office, determined that from July 3, 2013 through December 6, 2013 Smith had some probationers assigned to him take urine tests so he could watch. Agents also learned that Smith made sexual comments toward probationers and admitted to having sexual contact with one of the victims.
On Monday, November 17th, a Greene County Grand Jury indicted Smith, charging the 37-year old Jonesborough man with six counts of Official Misconduct, six counts of Official Oppression and one count of Sexual Contact with a Probationer. Smith turned himself in at the Greene County Detention Center today, where he was booked on a $20,000 bond. Smith has since resigned from his position with the Correctional Counseling Institute.