Judge Bows Out of County Commissioner Sex Case

The case against a Knox County commissioner accused of engaging in sexual activity with another man in a public park is on hold after a judge Tuesday recused himself from the case, the News Sentinel reports.
Commissioner Jeff Ownby was set Tuesday to appear in Knox County General Sessions Court on an indecent exposure charge filed after Knoxville Police Department officers arrested him late last month for allegedly engaging in a sex act with another man in the Sharps Ridge public park.
However, the case was put on hold after Sessions Judge Tony Stansberry recused himself, citing the commission’s budgetary authority over his court. Although sessions court judges are state employees, Knox County contributes money to the operation of the court.
Knox County District Attorney General Randy Nichols’ office also is expected to step aside for the same reason.

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