Rhea County Mayor Charged in Prostitution Sting

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Rhea County’s chief executive has been arrested in a Knoxville prostitution sting and will be booked on the misdemeanor charge May 20.
A Knoxville police spokesman said Rhea County Executive George Thacker of Spring City was arrested Friday.
The Knoxville News Sentinel reports the 48-year-old Thacker is accused of offering a female undercover officer $50 in exchange for a sexual favor near downtown Knoxville.
Thacker did not return telephone and e-mail messages seeking comment Tuesday. Calls to the county executive’s office in Dayton were asked to leave a voice mail message. His attorney, Jeff Hagood, was out of town and could not be reached for comment Tuesday.
Rhea County Commissioner Bill Hollin said Tuesday that he has not discussed the charge with Thacker or other commissioners.

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