JOHNSON CITY – An investigation by Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has resulted in the indictment of a former Sullivan County Corrections Officer on assault charges.

On January 24th, at the request of 2nd District Attorney General Barry Staubus, TBI Special Agents began investigating the circumstances surrounding an incident that occurred at the Sullivan County Jail. The investigation revealed that on January 16th, inmate Hunter Gragg was being disruptive and disorderly and was confronted by Corrections Officer Edward Smith, Jr. During the incident, Smith was captured on surveillance video forcing Gragg to the floor on two different occasions.

Last week, the Sullivan County Grand Jury returned indictments charging Smith (DOB 5/3/78) with two counts of Assault. This afternoon, Smith turned himself in and was booked into the Sullivan County Jail. He was released after posting a $7,500 bond.

Edward Smith