Tennessee politician accused of aggravated statutory rape, sexual exploitation

GILES COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) — A 71-year-old Giles County commissioner was arrested by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Wednesday following an almost three-month investigation.

Tommy Campbell’s arrest comes after he was indicted on two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, coercion of a witness, aggravated statutory rape, aggravated assault, misdemeanor theft, and carrying a firearm in a government building.

According to the indictment, Campbell attempted to influence a witness by allegedly firing a weapon in an effort to intimidate her.

The arrest followed a joint investigation that began in May when the TBI and the Pulaski Police Department began looking into allegations that Campbell was having sex with a minor.

According to the TBI, authorities found evidence that Campbell had sexual relations with a minor “on or around April 9.”

Campbell is being held at the Giles County jail. His bond is set at $75,000.

He also serves on the Giles County law enforcement committee, according to the district attorney.

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