Carter grand jury clears deputy of aggravated assault

John Thompson • Jul 13, 2018 at 11:02 PM

ELIZABETHTON — A Carter County grand jury returned a no true bill in allegations that a deputy sheriff had assaulted and threatened a minor.

The grand jury determined that two counts of aggravated assault against Deputy Nicholas Dale Andes were not true. These charges had alleged that two victims were in fear of imminent bodily harm by the display of a weapon.

There were also four assault charges, including allegations that one victim was pushed to the ground. The other assault charges alleged intentional physical contact that would be regarded as extremely offensive or provocative. These involved four separate individuals.

When the charges were reported in May, Andes had been placed on administrative leave and Agent Justin Ramsey of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation was assigned to investigate the incident. He reported the results of the investigation to the grand jury Wednesday.

Thomas Gray, public information officer for the sheriff’s department, reported the findings of the grand jury in a press release Friday.

Gray said Sheriff Dexter Lunceford will review the findings of the department’s internal investigation and take recommendations from Andes’ supervisors before making a decision on reinstatement.

Lunceford also said he will review department policy and determine if any disciplinary action will be taken.

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