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Police Officer’s Idea Now a State Law

JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) — A Jackson police officer is being credited with helping change a state law that deals with stricter penalties for sex offenders.
Jackson police investigator Mark Headen says he became mad when he learned that a violent sex offender was again suspected of stalking more than a dozen women.
The Jackson Sun reports that Headen (http://bit.ly/Lyii2g ) proposed a state amendment to increase indecent exposure and stalking charges to Class E felonies punishable by up to six years in prison if the crime is committed by a registered sex offender.
Before Headen worked to change the law, anyone charged with indecent exposure would be charged with a Class B misdemeanor punishable with a maximum 30 days in jail, while a stalking charge was a Class A misdemeanor with a maximum sentence of 11 months and 29 days.

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Knox Commissioner Charged With Indecent Exposure

Knox County Commissioner Jeff Ownby and another man were arrested on charges of indecent exposure during an undercover sting Thursday, according to the Knoxville News Sentinel.
Ownby, 45, was released from the Knox County Detention Facility later the same evening after posting $500 bond. He did not answer when asked by a reporter if he wanted to comment on his arrest.
The first-term commissioner, who represents the 4th District, was one of two men arrested during the surveillance operation, according to Knoxville Police Department Capt. Gary Holliday.
John McCracken, 53, of Powell also was arrested on charges of indecent exposure and criminal trespass. He remained in custody at the detention facility Thursday night in lieu of $1,000 bond.
The KPD sting was conducted in response to citizen complaints of illegal activity in at Sharp’s Ridge Memorial Park in North Knoxville, police said.

Rep. Haynes Helps Catch Indecent Exposure Suspect

From Don Jacobs:
When the father of three girls ran after the fleeing guy who had been exposing himself in the children’s section of Borders bookstore, he didn’t realize the man who joined him in the chase was a state lawmaker.
“We chased the car down, me and another gentleman,” Damon McKenna said Friday.
When informed the man who helped provide vital information that led to the arrest of the suspect was state Rep. Ryan Haynes, R-Knoxville, McKenna was appreciative.
“He didn’t ask any questions, he just ran out there with me,” Mc-Kenna said. “He was really nice and I appreciate what he did.”
McKenna, 35, was in the Borders Books Music Movies & Cafe, 202 Morrell Road, with his three daughters about 9 p.m. April 22. His daughters are 11, 9 and 4. The South Knoxville family gathered in the children’s books section.
McKenna said he noticed a man kneeling behind a book display while looking at his daughters.
“He was masturbating on the outside of his pants and looking at my daughters,” McKenna said. “I did a double take because I couldn’t believe I was seeing what I was seeing.”
McKenna, who said he stands about 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs about 140 pounds, confronted the man and ordered him to stand up.

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