A federal magistrate judge today ordered a former University of Tennessee Foundation executive to be jailed pending trial in a child pornography case, reports the News Sentinel.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Clifford Shirley cited as a primary cause the fact that Bruce O. Downsbrough admitted to investigators that he had molested as many as five boys in the past.
“Taking away child pornography (as a condition of release) could actually increase the potential for contact offenses,” Shirley ruled.
Downsbrough, 60, who until last week was chief operating officer for the foundation, pleaded guilty to sexual assault on a child and sexual assault in the third degree in a 1986 Colorado case, according to testimony. The victims, according to testimony today, were ages 10 and 11.
Knoxville Police Department Investigator Tom Evans testified that Downsbrough told him he paid roughly $3,500 for counseling for the two boys.
In one case he was given a two-year deferred sentence, and the case was eventually dismissed. In the second case, he was sentenced to two years of probation, according to testimony.
It was not clear from testimony whether that conviction remains on his record.
A federal grand jury last week in East Tennessee returend a four-count indictment against Downsbrough alleging he either received in the mail or downloaded some 20,000 child pornography images as well as several videos.
His house in the Knoxville area was searched in November. He remained employed by the UT Foundation during a follow-up investigation. He was indicted last week and then terminated from his position as chief operating officer.
From the News Sentinel:
A top officer over the University of Tennessee Foundation is facing federal child porn charges, accused of downloading and possessing illegal material on a laptop.
Bruce O. Downsbrough, the chief operating officer and executive vice president of the foundation, UT’s fundraising arm, was taken into custody Tuesday morning by agents with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, U.S. Postal Service and authorities with the Knoxville Police Department.
He has been placed on administrative leave. The investigation does not appear to be related to his duties at UT, said spokeswoman Gina Stafford in statement.
He faces a four-count indictment, which was unsealed Tuesday in U.S. District Court.
The indictment alleges that on Dec. 4, 2008, Downsbrough downloaded child pornography. He is again accused of downloading the material on Feb. 8, 2009 and on an unspecified date in April 2012.
The charging document indicates that federal authorities searched Downsbrough’s home on Nov. 16, 2012. According to records, they discovered 19 digital video discs as well as images on a computer hard drive.
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News release from TBI (dated Friday, Feb. 8):
Chattanooga, Tenn. – The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation today arrested a former employee of the Monroe County Circuit Court Clerk’s office after he was indicted by the Monroe County grand jury earlier this week on theft and misconduct charges.
Norman Bruce Arp, 49, of Sweetwater, Tenn. was indicted on one count of theft over $1,000 and one count of official misconduct.
Between February 2012 and September 2012, while working as an administrative assistant to the Monroe County Circuit Court Clerk, Arp embezzled funds by withholding cash deposits from fees collected in the offices of the Circuit and General Sessions Court Clerk’s. Arp kept deposit slips to record amounts for repayment purposes. A state audit conducted by the Comptroller’s office discovered the theft. The 10th Judicial District Attorney General requested TBI to investigate in September 2012. Arp stated he took the money because he had fallen on hard financial times. He has since repaid the funds.
Arp was booked tonight into the Monroe County Jail and released on $10,000 bond.
Democrat Bruce Dotson wants Tennessee 2nd House District voters to know he is an honest, Christian gun owner who has worked hard all his life, reports Hank Hayes. But despite those assets, Dotson knows he’s a long shot to defeat GOP incumbent state Rep. Tony Shipley in the November general election in a Kingsport area district that leans heavily Republican.
Dotson, a retired mechanic and president of the AFL-CIO’s Upper East Central Labor Council, said he’s not getting monetary support from the Tennessee Democratic Party even though he is a member of the party’s executive committee.
“My race is not targeted (by TDP), which is not unusual for this end of the state,” Dotson noted. “In order to get help from the state party or even the state AFL-CIO, you have to prove you can win before they are willing to put a lot of money into it. The state AFL-CIO is going to put out some mailers, but those will go to union members.”
Dotson’s campaign reported having $1,782 cash on hand before the Aug. 2 primary election, when he won the Democratic nomination with about 500 votes. In contrast, Shipley reported having $18,256 cash on hand, including a number of political action committee contributions, before recording a 10-vote win in the GOP primary over former Kingsport Alderman Ben Mallicote out of about 6,800 votes cast.
Dotson agreed with Shipley’s recent assertion that numerous Democrats voted in the Republican primary and almost propelled Mallicote to victory.
“What I’ve heard people say down through the years is ‘I’ll vote in the Republican primary, and I’ll vote for the weakest or worst candidate. That way we’ll have a better chance as Democrats,'” Dotson explained. “But I discourage that. What that does is you end up with … the worst candidate, and I don’t like to see that. I did have people tell me they did have people vote in the Republican primary — people I’ve got on a list as being Democrats. I’m sure that was a factor. And Mallicote was the best candidate.”
(Note: This is an op-ed piece written by attorney Bruce Shine — a Democrat — for the Kingsport Times-News.)
Someone needs to tell Ron Ramsey he lost the GOP primary for governor in August of 2010. Increasingly Ramsey is running around the state with a Tennessee highway patrolman as driver playing governor and issuing edicts from the “Ramsey administration.”
I recognize I’m not the swiftest boat in the harbor, but I thought Bill Haslam won both the primary and the election.
The latest from “Governor Ramsey” deals with unemployment insurance, a subject over which he objectively demonstrates a lack of knowledge.
In a presentation before a luncheon meeting of 60 business executives in Kingsport, “Governor Ramsey” made the bizarre statement that Tennesseans on unemployment enjoy “a benefit … (which) has become a lifestyle.”
Seeking to ingratiate himself among the business community, “Governor Ramsey” concluded individuals in Tennessee enjoyed living on “an average” of “$285” as a weekly unemployment benefit. The entitlement, according to Ramsey, discouraged the unemployed from getting a job.