Former local jail corrections officer charged in inmate beating

     The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation announced a former Cocke County corrections office was indicted after being accused of conspiring to harm an inmate.

     On December 3, 2020, several inmates reportedly carried out 24 year old Joseph Tyree’s request to beat the inmate.     According to the TBI, an investigation into Tyree, began in December 2020. During the investigation, TBI agents determined Tyree allegedly conspired to have a male inmate assaulted while serving as a corrections officer for the Cocke County Sheriff’s Office.

     Tyree was charged with one count of conspiracy to commit aggravated assault, one count of official misconduct, and one count of official oppression. Tyree was arrested and booked into the Cocke County Jail on a $15,000 bond, according to TBI.