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Murfreesboro officer faces charges in TBI misconduct case

Staff Reports • Dec 17, 2015 at 6:18 PM

NASHVILLE –Tennessee Bureau of Investigation agents charged a Murfreesboro police officer Wednesday in connection to a misconduct investigation.

The TBI formally began investigating Officer Bryant Scott Smith on Oct. 16 at the request of the police department and District Attorney General Bill Whitesell. Special agents determined Smith compromised ongoing vice and narcotic operations by providing the name of at least one potential confidential informant to a citizen of Rutherford County with a criminal history that includes offenses related to the sale and distribution of illegal narcotics last summer.

The 10-year veteran officer later admitted his involvement in the incident, after which the Murfreesboro Police Department placed him on administrative leave with pay.

On Monday, the Rutherford County Grand Jury returned a two-count sealed indictment against Smith, 42, charging him with official misconduct and misuse of official information. TBI agents arrested Smith Wednesday afternoon without incident at the Rutherford County Jail. After being booked, Smith was released on $5,000 bond.

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