Knox criminal court employee fired during criminal investigation

A Knox County Criminal Court Clerk staffer has again been terminated, only this time it comes in the midst of a police investigation conducted by the Knoxville Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, county officials confirmed.

The employee worked nights in the judicial commissioner's office and was one of a number of staffers who handled clerical duties for the magistrates, which review applications for warrants and conduct initial court appearances for some prisoners.

He was terminated last Friday after authorities seized his work computer.

He earned $9 an hour, according to records, and initially worked for the criminal court clerk's office from November 2012 through March 13, 2013 when he was terminated for "misconduct and violation of department rules."

He was rehired on June 6, 2013 and moved to full-time on Jan. 1.

His employer, Knox County Criminal Court Clerk Joy McCroskey, did not return calls seeking comment.

Officials have said little about the investigation, but Dick Moran, director for the county's Information Technology Department, said that law enforcement did collect the county computer that he used.

"They came in and secured it," Moran said. "I'm not sure what they're looking for."

Authorities last week also searched the house where the man lives.

Knoxville Police Department spokesman Darrell DeBusk declined to comment, saying "I cannot confirm that we have an ongoing investigation going on."

WBIR is not naming the staffer since the person hasn't been charged.


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