(Sept. 21 2012) Jackson TN-- Shane Parr has been a deputy with the Madison County Sheriff's Department since 2009.
Prior to that he had been employed by Henderson County Sheriff Department, Whiteville Police Department and Corrections Corporation of America.
Recently a clerical error called the deputy's career and future into question.
In 1999 Parr plead guilty in open court to simple assault (verbal). In 2008 Paar was errantly granted a waiver by the P.O.S.T. Commission for “domestic assault”. At the time he was employed by the Henderson County Sheriff's Department.
The error originated when it was mistakenly recorded “domestic” on the front of a warrant but the body of the warrant and open court proceedings and plea were all clearly for simple assault (verbal) involving Parr, his mother and step father.
P.O.S.T. Duplicated the error by granting a waiver.
A federal law prohibits anyone convicted of domestic assault from owning or carrying weapons. Even though Parr had never been convicted of that charge the fact that a warrant and P.O.S.T. Records held that information the deputy's file had to be corrected.
However, that meant the deputy was going to have to resign and trust that the error would be corrected by the same system he represented.
In court, on Monday, Judge Hugh Harvey issued a letter that corrected the court documents to indicate the plea was truthfully simple assault (verbal). All parties connected to the case appeared on Parr's behalf. Today that letter from the court and the other information was presented to the P.O.S.T commission.
The commissioners voted unanimously, with Sheriff David Woolfork abstaining, to correct the record and give Parr a waiver on the charger of simple assault. Sherrif Woolfork is a member of the commission and abstained to avoid a conflict of interest.
Parr is now cleared and legally can resume a future in law enforcement.
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