TWRA officer on leave following prostitution arrest

A TWRA officer and Smith County Commissioner is charged with paying a male prostitute for sex on two occasions in August.

According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigations, an informant set up two meetings with Jeffrey Winfree, 47, through

According to an arrest warrant, on August 26, Winfree went to an apartment at the Village Hills Apartment Homes at 857 Village Hills Drive in Antioch.

TBI agents said Winfree engaged in oral sex with a 19-year-old male prostitute for $20 on two occasions.

“I think it is important for the public to realize that we take the behavior of our employees very seriously,” TBI Spokeswoman Kristin Helm said.

Winfree is charged with two counts of patronizing prostitution near a church or a school. The charges stem from the August 26th encounter and a separate one with the same TBI informant on August 29.

He was arrested October 25th.

Winfree is currently on paid administrative leave from TWRA.


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