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Deputy pleads guilty to assault

Brad Hicks • Feb 2, 2012 at 11:49 PM

ERWIN — A Unicoi County Sheriff’s Department auxiliary deputy pleaded guilty Thursday to an assault charge placed against him in October after a member of a local volunteer fire department reported the deputy used a stun gun on him after being dared to do so.

Bobby Scalf, 61, pleaded guilty Thursday in Unicoi County Sessions Court to an amended charge of assault. Scalf was placed on probation for a period of 11 months 29 days and was ordered by Judge David Shults to have no contact with the victim.

The Erwin Police Department charged Scalf with aggravated assault on Oct. 14. According to a report written at that time by Officer Todd Wilcox, Robert Paul Adams II of the Unicoi Volunteer Fire Department told Wilcox that Scalf had used a stun gun on his left buttock during the fall festival at the Center on Aging and Health.

“Mr. Adams stated that he was with his fire department at the festival talking to three individuals when Bobby Scalf walked behind him and tased him on his left butt cheek with a Taser,” Wilcox’s affidavit states. “Mr. Adams stated that it hurt so bad that it made his knees buckle and (made him) go speechless. Mr. Adams stated that Bobby Scalf was laughing about it.”

The report also states Adams told officers that when he asked Scalf why he had used the stun gun on him, Scalf stated “someone had dared him to do it.”

Adams stated his left buttock was still hurting a while later, leading him to report the incident to the EPD, according to the report. The report also stated Adams showed Wilcox where he was shocked, and the officer observed “two swollen circular shaped places on Mr. Adams’ left butt cheek. There was also redness around the area.”

Scalf was suspended from his duties with the UCSD pending the outcome of the court proceedings. UCSD officials also said at that time that the stun gun used by Scalf was one he had purchased and had not been issued to him by the UCSD.

UCSD Chief Deputy Ronnie Adkins said Thursday that according to Police Officer Standards and Training rules that must be followed by all who work in law enforcement, Scalf, even though a volunteer with the UCSD, will not be able to continue his work with the department due to his guilty plea and being placed on probation.

“He was a non-paid volunteer and, of course, under POST he wouldn’t be able to do anything in law enforcement whatsoever,” Adkins said. “So that’s pretty much where it will stay.”

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