Former constable pleads not guilty to federal charges

Former Dyer County Constable Derick Hundley pleaded not guilty to federal charges of coercion and possession of child pornography after an appearance before a federal judge on Monday.

Hundley, 29, appeared before Magistrate Judge Charmiane G. Claxton for a detention hearing. He waived the formal reading of the charges and entered a plea of not guilty.

Hundley was indicted by a federal grand jury on Aug. 29 and was placed in federal custody with the U.S. Marshals Service. He was originally arrested in Dyersburg on July 21 by the TBI on one count of aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor and was being held in the Obion County Jail.

The federal indictment states between or about July 14, 2012 and on or about July 16, 2012, Hundley knowingly used a cell phone to attempt to persuade a female he knew to be under the age of 18 years to engage in sexual activity.

The second count of the federal indictment states that from approximately Feb. 17, 2010 and July 20, 2012, Hundley knowingly possessed an external hard drive and a cell phone, which contained computer image files with numerous images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

After the hearing, Hundley was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service. A trial date has not yet been set.

http://www.stategazette.com/story/1894997.html

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