Former Tellico Plains Police Chief James Russell “Russ” Parks Jr. has been arrested following an investigation by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI).

On Feb. 14, at the request of 10th District Attorney General Steve Crump, TBI agents began investigating missing funds from the Tellico Plains Police Department’s Drug Enforcement Fund, which totaled approximately $840.

During the course of the investigation, agents uncovered information that Parks, 44, who was serving as the department’s police chief at that time, was responsible for the missing funds. The investigation further determined that Parks was involved in a sexual relationship with an informant who was being paid out of the department’s Drug Enforcement Fund.

On Tuesday, July 9, a Monroe County Grand Jury returned an indictment, charging Parks with one count of official misconduct. On Thursday, special agents arrested Parks and booked him into the Monroe County Jail on $6,000 bond.

Parks, who had served as Tellico Plains’ police chief since August 2015, resigned from the Tellico Plains Police Department in February after the allegations surfaced. When contacted at that time by The Advocate & Democrat about his resignation, Parks had no comment.

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