Grand jury clears former acting TBI Director Jason Locke
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) —
A Davidson County Grand Jury has cleared former acting TBI Director Jason Locke of any wrongdoings. Jurors heard testimony by investigators from the Office of the Tennessee Comptroller, the Tennessee Department of Homeland Security and the Tennessee Highway Patrol on Tuesday.
The jury was presented with results of the investigation of travel expenses paid by the state for Jason Locke, former TBI employee, and Sejal West, Deputy Commissioner of Mental Health and Substance Abuse. According to officials, the grand jury determined that neither party committed a violation of criminal statute.
Locke was accused of misuse of state funds. The governor's office released e-mails sent from Locke's wife in June, accusing him of having an affair with another state employee. She told Gov. Haslam that her husband admitted to driving his state vehicle to hotels paid for by the state to have an affair.
His wife said Locke met the state employee for several trips together out of town on state time.
Locke's lawyer, Jeff Cherry, tells FOX 17 News the former agent is currently out of the area with his wife "as they work together to repair their marriage."
Locke retired from his post with the TBI on June 25. Cherry said it was Locke's choice to leave the agency.
"Please understand that Jason chose to retire from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, not because he was guilty of a criminal offense, but because he had and continues to have a profound respect for the Bureau and all those that have served and continue to serve the citizens of Tennessee," Cherry said. "He retired to help ensure a smooth transition of control to Director Rausch."
Former Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch was sworn in as TBI Director days after Locke's retirement.