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Former CO indicted for sexual contact with inmates

Posted on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at 2:14 pm

Former Grundy County Corrections Officer Mark Anthony Nunley has been indicted for sexual contact with inmates-consensual (3 counts), sexual battery by an authority figure (3 counts), and official misconduct (3 counts). He turned himself in to the Grundy County Jail today (March 11).

The Herald originally reported on this story in March 2019. See below for the original report.

Grundy County Sheriff Clint Shrum last week confirmed his agency is working diligently with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the 12th Judicial District Attorney’s Office investigating claims that GCSO Corrections Officer Mark Nunley had inappropriate sexual contact with a female inmate or inmates.

Nunley was the supervisor over the inmate litter crew and assigned to the corrections division. At press time, he had not been charged, but was terminated March 27, for reasons indirectly related to this incident.

Sheriff Shrum stated, “This administration will not tolerate this type of conduct. The security of our female inmates is a priority and we have taken steps to ensure that. While this accusation is very disturbing, it does not define every employee of the Sheriff’s Office. We will continue to work with both the TBI and District Attorney’s Office to find answers.”

Sheriff Shrum further stated that the inappropriate contact between the corrections officer and the inmate(s) occurred offsite and did not happen at the jail.

All 13 female inmates were removed from the Grundy County Jail late last week after the allegations of inappropriate sexual contact between Nunley and a female inmate came to light.

Sheriff Shrum this continues to be a coordinated effort between his office, the district Attorney, and the TBI.