COOKEVILLE – An investigation by Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has resulted in the indictment of a former correction officer with the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office on charges of theft and official misconduct.

At the request of 13th District Attorney General Bryant Dunaway, TBI Special Agents, working in conjunction with the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office, began investigating a report of missing cash from an inmate’s property at the jail on January 20th. At that time, William Warren Ashley was a correction officer with the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office. Through the course of the investigation, Agents and Sheriff’s Office investigators developed information which led them to Ashley as the individual responsible for the theft of the cash on December 20, 2014. The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office has since terminated Ashley’s employment.

Today, the Cumberland County Grand Jury returned an indictment charging William Ashley, 32, with one count of Theft over $1000 and one count of Official Misconduct. Ashley turned himself in to be booked at the Cumberland County Justice Center. He was released after posting a $5,000 bond.

William Ashley