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2 Knox County teachers aides arrested after situation at middle school

Johnson City Press • Updated Aug 1, 2018 at 8:38 PM

KNOXVILLE — Two ex-teacher aides from a Knox County middle school were arrested Wednesday morning on official oppression charges, the Sheriff’s Office reported on its Facebook page.

Robin Hunter, 53, and Chaunta Underwood, 44, both of Knoxville, were aides at Powell Middle School northwest of Knoxville when the situation leading the arrests occurred, according to the Facebook post.

Tennessee Code Annotated 39-16-403 defines someone charged with official oppression as a public servant who:

(1) Intentionally subjects another to mistreatment or to arrest, detention, stop, frisk, halt, search, seizure, dispossession, assessment or lien when the public servant knows the conduct is unlawful; or

(2) Intentionally denies or impedes another in the exercise or enjoyment of any right, privilege, power or immunity, when the public servant knows the conduct is unlawful.

The offense is a class E felony. A class E felony, the lowest classification in Tennessee, is punishable by one to six years in prison and a fine of up to $3,000.

The arrests followed Knox County grand jury indictments handed down Tuesday and resulted from a Sheriff’s Office Family Crisis Unit investigation. The unit investigates cases involving domestic violence, child abuse, elder abuse, animal abuse, and cyber investigations.

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