Probation Officer Charged With Having Physical Relationship With Client In Grundy County

Thursday, November 14, 2019
Tara Van Hooser-Prater
Tara Van Hooser-Prater

An investigation by special agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has resulted in the indictment and arrest of a state probation officer who allegedly was engaging in a physical relationship with a client.

At the request of 12th District Attorney General J. Michael Taylor, on July 24 TBI agents began investigating Tara Van Hooser-Prater, 38, a state probation officer.

During the course of the investigation, agents developed information that indicated that from May through July, Ms. Van Hooser-Prater had engaged in a physical relationship with a probationer who was on active probation in Grundy County.

On Tuesday, the Grundy County Grand Jury returned indictments charging Ms. Van Hooser-Prater with two counts of official misconduct.

Ms. Van Hooser-Prater, who is from Altamont, was arrested on Wednesday and booked into the Grundy County Jail on a $7,500 bond.


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