Sevierville Probation Officer Arrested For Theft Of Funds Collected From Offenders Under His Supervision

Thursday, January 17, 2013

An extensive investigation in Sevierville, by the Department of Correction’s Office of Investigations and Compliance has led to the arrest of a probation/parole officer on charges of theft. 

The investigation revealed Officer Joshua Keith DeBord misused funds paid by offenders under his supervision. The offenders thought they were paying court ordered fines and fees but Debord kept the money for his personal use.  

“These allegations are a serious violation of the public trust and the oath our officers take to uphold the law,” Commissioner Derrick Schofield said.

“The vast majority of our officers take their sworn duty seriously; those who do not will be held accountable for their actions to include possible prosecution.”

Debord has been charged with theft over $500. He was booked into the Sevier County Jail and is on administrative leave pending termination. 


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