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Washington County constable charged with simple domestic assault

March 5th, 2014 11:29 am by Staff Report

Washington County constable charged with simple domestic assault

Mark Bacon

A Washington County constable has been arrested on a simple domestic assault charge stemming from an apparent argument with his wife over money.

Mark Bacon, 55, 373 Fordtown Road, Fall Branch, was arrested March 4 shortly after 9 p.m.

According to an affidavit filed in Washington County Sessions Court, Bacon's wife first tried to call 9-1-1 last month during an argument over money, but Bacon allegedly took the phone away from her to prevent the call from being made.

On March 4, she called 9-1-1 because they were again fighting over money. A deputy was headed to the Bacons' home when the woman called back to say her husband had left the residence and she no longer wanted an officer to come out.

She called back a short time later to report domestic violence that allegedly occurred during at least one of the arguments.

Officers determined Bacon was the "primary aggressor" and took him into custody on a charge of simple domestic assault.

According to the affidavit, Bacon is employed by the Washington County Highway Department.

He is not the first constable to be arrested of late in Washington County.

Joshua Burleson, also an employee at the county's Highway Department, was convicted of theft earlier this year.

The charge stemmed from an incident late last year in which Burleson, 26, reportedly stole a $4,000 mountain bike from the back of a pickup truck in Jonesborough.

Burleson was found guilty of theft during a bench trial in January.

He has since resigned from the constable position, according to a story in the Feb. 16 edition of the Herald & Tribune.

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