Former 8th Judicial District Drug Task Force Director Sentenced On Charges of Theft, Official Misconduct

District Attorney Jared Effler announced Monday that he had requested the assistance of District Attorney General James B. Dunn in the investigation and subsequent prosecution of Melvin Bayless, former 8th Judicial District Drug Task Force Director, for Official Misconduct and Theft.  ‘“It is with great sadness that I make this announcement, but I want the people of the 8th Judicial District to know that the work of the 8th Judicial Drug Task Force has not been interrupted or curtailed and is still in place and protecting the citizens of Campbell, Claiborne, Fentress, Scott and Union Counties.”

District Attorney General James B. Dunn stated, “I wish to thank the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the auditors with the State of Tennessee Office of the Comptroller for their assistance in this matter.”

Melvin Bayless pleaded nolo contendere (no contest) and was convicted of two (2) counts of Official Misconduct and one (1) count of Theft over $10,000 and he received an effective sentence of five (5) years with the Tennessee Department of Correction on supervised probation and is ordered to pay $21,872.91 in restitution to the 8th Judicial District Drug Task Force.