Former Monroe deputies indicted after pepper-spraying inmate

A grand jury has determined two former Monroe County deputies who pepper-sprayed a spitting inmate used enough force to warrant an indictment on criminal charges, including assault.

Sgt. Thomas Goodman and Capt. John Wilburn, who were allowed to resign following the Jan. 17 incident, were arraigned this week in Monroe County Criminal Court before Judge Carroll Ross on charges of assault and official oppression, court papers show.

A Monroe County grand jury on June 6 indicted both men, who had initially been arrested on misdemeanor assault charges.

A Circuit Court clerk on Tuesday said Goodman has retained attorney Steve Ward to represent him, while Wilburn has not yet hired an attorney.

The men, both free on bond Tuesday, are both due back in court next month for a hearing on the matter.

http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2012/jun/27/former-monroe-deputies-indicted-after-pepper/

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