4 former TDOC employees charged with misconduct, falsifying documents

Becky Campbell • Nov 14, 2019 at 4:16 PM

Four former Tennessee Department of Correction officers, including a former warden, were indicted this month on a range charges, a department spokesman confirmed.

Three of the former officers were charged in Johnson County and the fourth in Carter County because of where the offenses were alleged to have occurred.

In Johnson County:

• Former Warden Randy Ray Lee, charged with three counts of tampering with evidence, four counts of official misconduct and conspiracy to commit tampering with evidence. He retired in 2018.

• Billy Jan Porter Jr., charged with two counts of introduction of contraband to a penal facility. Porter, a maintenance worker, was fired in July.

• Shannon Kris Clark, charged with official misconduct and sexual contact with an inmate. Clark, a corrections sergeant, was fired in September.

In Carter County:

• Adam Paul Forrester, charged with destruction and tampering with government records, two counts of official misconduct, and falsifying educational and academic records.

The presentments — sealed indictments until served on the person —  returned by a Johnson County grand jury were the result of an 11-month investigation by TDOC, the Office of Investigation and Compliance and the Johnson County district attorney’s office.

According to the indictments, Lee was involved in destroying evidence related to a crime — methamphetamine in one instance and a cell phone in another — as well as official misconduct, which was not detailed in the document.

Porter’s charges stem from allegations that he was taking phones to inmates. Clark’s charges stem from the allegation of a sexual relationship with an inmate.

Forrester’s charges were a result of allegations he altered government records to reflect training that did not take place, including required in-service training and CPR training.

“Any employee who violates the trust bestowed upon correctional professionals, and those found in violation of state law should be prosecuted to the fullest extent,” TDOC Commissioner Tony Parker said in a press release. “The Department of Correction will not tolerate unprofessional conduct and those who refuse to honor our oath of a correctional employee will be held accountable,”

The department encourages anyone with information about misconduct or any threats to the safety  and security of officers or facilities to call 1-844-TDC-FIND, or 844-832-3463. 

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