Rick Butler, a member of the Unicoi County Board of Education and former officer of the Unicoi County Sheriffs Department, received 11 months 29 days supervised probation after he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges during a court appearance on Friday, Feb. 14.
Appearing before Senior Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood, Butler pleaded guilty to one count each of reckless driving, failure to exercise due care and vandalism under $500.
Butler was indicted on two counts of filing a false report and one count each of reckless driving and failure to exercise due care by a Unicoi County grand jury in June 2013. The charges were the result of an incident the previous January.
According to the presentment, the two counts of filing a false report occurred on or around Jan. 16. The presentment alleges that Butler did unlawfully and feloniously initiate a report or statement to a law enforcement officer concerning an offense or incident within the officers concern knowing the offense or incident reported did not occur. The false report charges are Class D felonies.
The other charges, reckless driving and failure to exercise due care, also result from an incident which occurred on or around Jan. 16.
For the remainder of this article please see the February 19, 2014 edition of The Erwin Record.