Hatchett Says He Was Not Surprised By Firing Of Bebb Child Abuse Prosecutor; Schemel Claims She Was Assaulted By Bebb

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Stephen Hatchett, candidate for district attorney in the 10th Judicial District, said Sunday he was not surprised by the firing of child abuse prosecutor Cynthia Lecroy Schemel.

He also said it was untrue that she was fired for supporting his opponent, Steve Crump, in the upcoming election to replace Steve Bebb.

Ms. Schemel, a former assistant public defender in Hamilton County, on Friday filed a complaint against District Attorney Bebb alleging a misdemeanor assault took place on Wednesday.

The Cleveland Police Department filed an offense report and referred the matter to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to investigate the legitimacy of the complaint. 

Cleveland Police officials said, "We are treating it as an active investigation and will be unable to release any other information at the time until we receive further recommendation from the
investigating agency."

Mr. Hatchett said, "The Chattanooga Times Free Press published a story on Sunday regarding allegations of wrongdoing on the part of Steve Bebb.  I have no knowledge of the truth or falsity of the allegations of the assault that supposedly occurred but I have no doubt that a full investigation will occur.  Fortunately, forensic science is much more advanced and I am sure that if an assault did occur there will be physical evidence to support the claim.  However, Judy Walton’s attempt to tie the story to my campaign for District Attorney General is yet another instance of politics as usual in this district.

"First and foremost, Cindy Schemel’s claim that she was fired for supporting my opponent cannot be taken seriously.  It was common knowledge that she was supporting my opponent at least three months before it was reported in the Times Free Press earlier this year.  I did not care that she wasn’t supporting me because quite frankly her firing does not surprise me in the least.  While I have been out meeting folks in my campaign, I have heard complaints from citizens all over Bradley County about her refusal to prosecute cases, particularly cases involving the sexual abuse of children.  Law enforcement officers in Bradley County have been extremely upset with her lack of aggression in prosecuting sexual predators since she took my place as the lead prosecutor on child sex abuse cases which confirms the complaints I have received from the public.  My opponent on at least two occasions has given public speeches complaining about the terrible job being done by the Assistant District Attorneys in the 10th Judicial District and I assumed he had heard the same complaints I have and was talking about Mrs. Schemel.  Based upon my opponent’s comments, I would have been shocked if he wanted her working for him either.

"I am not aware of any violations of the Little Hatch Act by Steve Bebb.  Mrs. Schemel, Assistant District Attorney Mac McCoin, and Assistant District Attorney Brooklynn Townsend are all public and vocal supporters of my opponent and all three, until Ms. Schemel’s firing, are currently employees of the State of Tennessee and subject to the Little Hatch Act.  I am unaware of any effort on Ms. Walton’s part to investigate if their activities on behalf of my opponent have violated the Little Hatch Act even though she wrote the article earlier this year talking about them supporting my opponent.  Senator Mike Bell is quoted as calling for General Bebb’s resignation based on Mrs. Schemel’s accusations before there has been a formal charge or even a chance for the matter to be submitted to a jury.  We have a justice system for a reason and every person has the right to face his or her accusers.  General Bebb was just cleared after a two-year-long investigation that wasted thousands of taxpayer dollars and was nothing more than a political witch hunt.  That investigation was based on nothing more than anonymous sources, allegations and innuendo.         

"The voters in this District have a clear choice: Politics as usual or professional prosecutors.  It’s just that simple." 


Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report - And Mug Shots

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: ALLGOOD, KEVIN DEWAYNE     2001 E 12TH ST CHATTANOOGA, 37404     31     Hamilton County          FAILURE TO APPEAR BELL, MARCUS LAJUAN     2418 KIRBY AVE CHATTANOOGA, 37404     31     Hamilton ... (click for more)

Knoxville Couple Injured In Motorcycle Accident In Cleveland Early Saturday Morning

Two people were injured early Saturday in a motorcycle accident in Cleveland. At 5:58 a.m a motorcycle operated by an individual identified as Dale Dockery, 48, of Knoxville, struck the concrete barrier on I-75 at the exit 20 off ramp. Mr. Dockery was headed southbound toward Chattanooga. He and his wife Karen, 48, were transported by Bradley County EMS to Erlanger. ... (click for more)

An Open Letter To Tennesseans

We are incredibly fortunate to live in a state in which companies worldwide are clamoring to establish a presence. Many attribute it to our pro-business culture, well-prepared workforce, low tax environment, right-to-work policies, and engaged citizenry.  That is why the announcement by Volkswagen to build its midsize sports utility vehicle and establish the South’s ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: O’Reilly’s Rant On Race

I don’t really care whether you like Fox News commentator Bill O’Reilly but I strongly believe I must share an urgent transcript with you of what he said earlier this week. It’s been talked about on every network and it speaks boldly to the very heart of an American epidemic. Last weekend in Chicago 47 people were shot and five of them died. Black-on-black shootings have gotten ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Crushes Sacramento Gold 4-1; Advances To National Championship Game

Not only did they win, they won big.  The Chattanooga Football Club becomes the first team in NPSL history to play in three national championships.  CFC scored four unanswered goals Saturday to beat visiting Sacramento Gold 4-1.   Sacramento scored on a long shot by Jason Jones in the 13th minute to take a 1-0 lead.   Chattanooga would answer with two goals ... (click for more)

Stars Sink Lookouts Sunday, 8-4

Huntsville, AL --- The Huntsville Stars erased a 4-1 deficit late in the game Sunday and scored a combined seven runs in the seventh and eighth innings to comeback and defeat the Chattanooga Lookouts 8-4 at Joe Davis Stadium.  With the win, the Stars ended their season long five game losing streak. Recap Chattanooga starter Nick Struck who dominated the Stars over ... (click for more)