NASHVILLE – An investigation by Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has resulted in the indictment of a Lincoln County man charged with child abuse and illegally possessing guns.

At the request of 17th District Attorney General Robert Carter, TBI Special Agents began investigating Timothy Neal Smith on November 3, 2014. During the course of the investigation, Agents developed information that Smith was involved in the physical abuse of his 7-year-old stepdaughter, causing bruising to the child. Agents also learned that Smith is a convicted felon and had been carrying and using firearms while operating a fugitive recovery business.

On Tuesday, the Lincoln County Grand Jury returned an indictment charging Timothy Smith, 29, with two counts of Child Abuse and six counts of Convicted Felon in Possession of a Firearm. Last night, Smith was arrested and booked at the Lincoln County Jail where, at the time of this news release, he is being held on a $200,000 bond.

Timothy Smith