Kingsport officer whose claims prompted probe of police chief arrested

One week after Kingsport’s police chief was cleared of allegations of misconduct, the officer who reportedly made the claims against him has been arrested.

Bryan D. Carter, 35, a 14-year veteran of the Kingsport Police Department, turned himself in at the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office Tuesday morning. Last week a Sullivan County grand jury indicted Carter on one count each of forgery, a Class E felony, and criminal impersonation, a Class B misdemeanor. He has been released on a $1,000 bond.

The arrest of Carter is connected to an e-mail he reportedly sent May 8 to the Kingsport Board of Mayor and Alderman, the District Attorney’s Office and Times-News, among others. It claimed Chief Osborne misused police facilities and forces for personal gain — accusations Osborne asserted at the time were untrue, and were confirmed last week when a Sullivan County grand jury took cleared him of any wrongdoing in the incident.


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