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Kingsport officer whose claims prompted probe of police chief arrested

Staff Report • Sep 4, 2012 at 1:31 PM

BLOUNTVILLE — One week after Kingsport's police chief was cleared of allegations of misconduct, the officer who reportedly made the claims against him has been arrested.

Bryan D. Carter, 35, a 14-year veteran of the Kingsport Police Department, turned himself in at the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office Tuesday morning. Last week a Sullivan County grand jury indicted Carter on one count each of forgery, a Class E felony, and criminal impersonation, a Class B misdemeanor. He has been released on a $1,000 bond.

The arrest of Carter is connected to an e-mail he reportedly sent May 8 to the Kingsport Board of Mayor and Alderman, the District Attorney's Office and Times-News, among others. It claimed Chief Osborne misused police facilities and forces for personal gain — accusations Osborne asserted at the time were untrue, and were confirmed last week when a Sullivan County grand jury took cleared him of any wrongdoing in the incident.

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