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Carter County deputy placed on leave without pay after domestic violence arrest

October 6th, 2013 9:37 pm by John Thompson

Carter County deputy placed on leave without pay after domestic violence arrest

ELIZABETHTON — A deputy with the Carter County Sheriff’s Department was arrested on a domestic violence incident Sunday and has been placed on administrative leave without pay pending the outcome of an investigation.

Sheriff Chris Mathes said Deputy Matt Ainsworth, 25, Stonewall Jackson Boulevard, was arrested following an early morning incident in the Milligan community. Ainsworth was charged with assault under the Domestic Violence Law in the incident involving his girlfriend. Ainsworth was also charged with assault of a male neighbor who tried to intervene in the altercation. The condition of the two victims was not immediately known.

Ainsworth was booked into the Carter County Detention Center and was subsequently transported to the Washington County Detention Center for security precautions. His bond was set at $8,000.

Mathes said “this is extremely disheartening and disappointing to us all to have to investigate and arrest one of your own deputies.” He said there is no place in law enforcement for anyone who chooses to take these kinds of unlawful actions.

There were several factors the sheriff said would be examined by the investigation today, Mathes said.

“I am always proud of my department and I enjoy bragging on what good people we have, but we have to realize we are all human.” He said Ainsworth performed well as a deputy in the past. 

Mathes said he would provide additional comments on Tuesday as investigative information become available.

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