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Hancock Co. jailer indicted for bringing cell phones to inmates

STAFF REPORT • Oct 23, 2019 at 8:15 AM

SNEEDVILLE – An investigation by Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has led to the indictment and arrest of a now former Hancock County Jail corrections officer accused bringing cell phones to inmates in exchange for payment.

At the request of 3rd Judicial District Attorney General Dan Armstrong, this past August TBI Special Agents began investigating allegations involving Christopher Lyons, 44.

During the course of the investigation, agents developed information that Lyons used his position as a corrections officer to bring cell phones into the Hancock County Jail to give to inmates in exchange for payment.

On Monday, the Hancock County Grand Jury returned indictments charging Lyons with one count of Official Misconduct and one count of Introduction of a Telecommunications Device into a Penal Institution.

On Monday afternoon, he was arrested and booked into the Hancock County Jail on a $30,000 bond.

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