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Tazewell, TN

#1 Jul 30, 2010
September 12, 2008 Claiborne Sheriff David Ray: Pre-Trial Diversion on Statutory Rape with Community Service in Hamblen County
The Tribune reported yesterday that Claiborne Sheriff David Ray will be doing 250 hours of "community service" at some as yet unnamed Hamblen County "agency." Here's the Tribune link. And here's the standard warning about Trib links: They don't stay active very long.

Just how did the Sheriff of Claiborne County end up with pre-trial diversion and community service in Hamblen County?

Check the Knox News-Sentinel here and here.

Ray's community service is part of a pre-trial diversion agreement that was signed by Ray, Ray's attorney John Rogers, and Connie Trobaugh, Assistant D.A. who signed the agreement with permission of District Attorney Berkeley Bell in August.

The complete terms of the diversion are here. Paragraph 13 is a "Special Condition." It states that Ray's community service will be performed in Hamblen County and that his probation will be supervised by the Board of Probation and Parole in Hamblen County.

Apparently, the Defendant Sheriff and the District Attorney's office didn't want Ray to have to do community service in his own community (Claiborne County) or in the community (Hancock County) where the alleged crime occurred.

Hamblen County is the designated community for Ray's "community" service. But finding an agency in Hamblen County that would allow Ray to come and work for them was a problem. Apparently not too many Hamblen County agencies wanted Ray around.

And what is the unnamed Hamblen County agency that finally agreed to allow Sheriff Ray to do his "community service" for them? The Tribune reporter apparently couldn't get or chose not to provide that information in the article. Instead, the reporter noted that the location and the nature of the work Ray is to perform in Hamblen County is a "tightly-guarded secret."

Maybe Sheriff Ray will be found doing his community service at Hamblen County's Cherokee Park with yet another famous divertee---Cherokee Park Director Frank Parker. And it is even possible that they both will be joined later by Parker's Co-defendant Paul King.

Or maybe Hamblen County Mayor David Purkey will arrange for Ray to do his community service for the Hamblen County Maintenance Department--like Purkey did for his relative Lynn Wolfe. Maybe Ray will also get to take advantage of the special Lynn Wolfe perk where you get to turn in timeless time-sheets. If he gets the Wolfe perk, Ray can just fill in a bunch of time sheets (without hours worked), sign them (without hours worked), have them signed by his supervisor (without hours worked), and then turn them in to Purkey (without hours worked) and all will be taken care of. A sweet, sweet deal for special friends and relatives.
information obtained by the News Sentinel.
The development follows explosive allegations by Ray's attorneys that the teenage girl who is the alleged victim has a history of using false claims of sexual relations to extort money. The lawyers also have raised questions about the reliability of DNA evidence in the case.
Fact

Tazewell, TN

#2 Jul 30, 2010
Ray is accused of raping the girl on a deer-hunting trip in Hancock County in 2006, when she was 17, and on an earlier occasion in 2005, when she was 15. He was charged with two counts of sexual assault, one count of statutory rape and one count of statutory rape by an authority figure.
The girl, now 19, "has made false claims of sexual activity with someone else in an attempt to obtain money or something of value from that other person …(and) has in this case the same motive in making these allegations against Mr. Ray," according to a motion filed July 28 by Ray's lawyers, John T. Milburn Rogers and Jerry Laughlin of Greeneville.
A rape victim's sexual history usually is not admissible in court. The motion sought to introduce material that "is not evidence of actual sexual activity" but relates to a possible motive for a false claim. A hearing on the motion, set for today before Circuit Court Judge John F. Dugger Jr., was abruptly canceled Friday.
According to the information obtained by the News Sentinel, the state will drop two of the charges Tuesday when Ray will be in court to accept placement in the pretrial diversion program on the two other charges. Ray will not plead guilty to any offense.
The News Sentinel was unable to determine which two charges are to be dismissed and which will remain on file during the diversion program.
If Ray successfully completes the diversion program, the remaining charges will be dismissed, and he could then apply for them to be expunged.A civil lawsuit against Ray and Claiborne County, filed by the girl's family in U.S. District Court, is still pending. The civil lawsuit seeks compensatory and punitive damages but does not specify an amount."She is the victim in this case, and the only victim," said lawyer Gregory P. Isaacs, who represents the girl in the civil lawsuit. "She is the victim, not only of a terrible crime, but an unthinkable breach of trust. She looks forward to having closure regarding this issue in the very near future."
Semen stains found on the girl's jacket contain Ray's DNA, according to documents filed in the civil case.
Ray's lawyers have hired a DNA expert to challenge the accuracy of the state's forensic evidence.
At a pretrial hearing in the criminal case, Rogers cross-examined the state's DNA witness for nearly four hours.
The girl is from Campbell County. The alleged crimes are said to have occurred in Hancock County on property of which Ray is a part-owner.
The civil lawsuit alleges that in November 2006, the girl went deer hunting with her grandfather and Ray. She rode with Ray, followed by her grandfather in a separate vehicle.
The lawsuit alleges that after the three hunted for a while, Ray drove the girl to a separate hunting spot, brandished his service weapon, removed some of her clothing and forced her to perform oral sex on him.Ray refused to cooperate with Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Investigator Steve Vinsant during the subsequent criminal investigation.Vinsant told Ray "that the matter could be cleared up if he would provide a statement, a saliva sample and consent to a search of his truck," according to the document.
Ray's response was: "I ain't giving you nothing," according to the document - a statement that the judge ruled cannot be used at trial to imply that Ray is guilty of anything."Sheriff David Ray had the right to invoke his constitutional protections, and the statement was his way of doing so," the judge ruled.in 1986, while a judge, Ray was acquitted of federal charges that he had taken part in a payoff scheme to allow businesses to have poker machines.
Fact

Tazewell, TN

#3 Jul 30, 2010
David Ray busted for Cocaine, David Ray busted for poker machines, David Ray busted for Rape, David Ray busted for Poaching. David Ray is a habitual criminal. How many people do you know that have been arrested?
Fact 1

United States

#4 Jul 30, 2010
David Ray gonn'a bust Mr. Fact's A*s i predict....
Voter

Tazewell, TN

#5 Jul 30, 2010
That is and will continue to be SHERIFF David Ray!!! The voters will show Mr. FACT. Thats a FACT!!!
flush

Speedwell, TN

#6 Jul 30, 2010
yeah i think the voters are stupid enough to put him right back in . i for 1 did NOT vote for him
Fact

Tazewell, TN

#7 Jul 31, 2010
Fact 1 wrote:
David Ray gonn'a bust Mr. Fact's A*s i predict....
Should I be afraid? Do you mean we have a Sheriff that would use his power to arrest someone who produces undisputed facts about the sheriff? You're probably correct, as he is corrupt enough to do it. What a slimy person he is.
voter

Chester, SC

#8 Jul 31, 2010
go to noe4accountability.com u can read the probation agreement ray signed.
one rotton tater

New Tazewell, TN

#9 Jul 31, 2010
no pot found this year... hummmm that interesting. acres and acres being grown here and not 1 plant....makes you think.
Fact

Tazewell, TN

#10 Jul 31, 2010
voter wrote:
go to noe4accountability.com u can read the probation agreement ray signed.
Fixed link:

http://lindanoe.blogspot.com/search/label/She...
Talk Back

Harrogate, TN

#11 Jul 31, 2010
Fact 1 wrote:
David Ray gonn'a bust Mr. Fact's A*s i predict....
Oh yea, Mr. bad ass david ray. He's not so bad and not so smart. If he were smart, he would not have got caught. And, he did admit to the rape to a friend of mine. He just didn't think she would tell or the family turn on him. That is one family that is not afraid of his fat ass! I applaud them.. We need more people like them.. I don't care if they set him up. He should have been smart enough to not fall for it! Shows his ignorance and stupidity.
Talk Back

Harrogate, TN

#12 Jul 31, 2010
flush wrote:
yeah i think the voters are stupid enough to put him right back in . i for 1 did NOT vote for him
Flush and Fact, you two are so smart! I for one will not vote for him either. Yes, we are a stupid county and there's enough people that will prove it come election day! There's enough stupid inbreds in this county to re-elect ray. He knows that too. He knows that this county is so full of stupid people and that they will re-elect him! Why does he run in this county? Ask yourselves that question....He knows that this county is the only county in east tennessee that has enough ignorant people to elect a rapist as sheriff! Not to mention his other criminal activities. He is laughing behind all their backs. Their just too stupid to get it. He can piss down their backs and tell them it's raining and they will believe him! Wake up people and smell the laughter!
one rotton tater

New Tazewell, TN

#13 Aug 1, 2010
no pot busts yet?
LOL

Monroe, MI

#14 Aug 2, 2010
Who?
Fact

Tazewell, TN

#15 Aug 3, 2010
Bump to the top so people can see what scum David Ray is.
Vote

United States

#16 Aug 5, 2010
VOTE him OUT!!!!!!!!!!
RAY GONNA WIN

New Tazewell, TN

#17 Aug 5, 2010
Sheriff Candidate Party Votes Vote % Precincts Winner
David Ray I 2,130 54 0 / 18
Dane Poore I 1,160 29 0 / 18
Jimmy L. Seals Jr. I 668 17 0 / 18

David Ray has 54% of the votes, with 2,130 supporters in the county. Ha, ha, ha! Eat that
Woooohoooooo David Ray is going to win sheriff AGAIN!!! HA HA HA HA HA I'M ROLLING ON THE FLOOR LAUGHING MY F*CKING ASS OFF!
VOTER

Tazewell, TN

#18 Aug 5, 2010
David Ray all the way,, Good joob claiborne county
Now it's sad we put the biggest dumbass is as county mayor, From Joe to Jack verey sad...
And

United States

#19 Aug 5, 2010
Where you at "Mr.Fact",Hiding under the bed....???
LOL
that crazy

Tazewell, TN

#20 Aug 5, 2010
I dong get it people in this county has no pride putting a peace of crap like him back in office guess the people in Claiborn county don't care what gets in office I no he didn't get my vote would vote him for dog catcher

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