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Former Carter Co. Sheriff indicted on sexual battery charge

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UPDATE 2/22 5 p.m.

Former Carter County Sheriff John Henson is out of jail after a grand jury indicted him on a sexual battery charge.

A Carter County grand jury indicted Henson yesterday.

The indictment reveals the former sheriff is accused of committing the crime against a woman he met at a convenience store in Carter County.

Henson was booked into The Carter County Jail in Elizabethton last night and released on a $3,000 bond.


A former Carter County Sheriff and current Constable was indicted Tuesday on a charge of sexual battery.

A grand jury in Elizabethton returned the criminal court indictment, and Henson turned himself in around 9 p.m. Thursday.   He posted $3,000 bond and was released from the jail.

NewsChannel 11 learned the sexual battery charge involves an incident with a woman and a convenience store in Carter County.

No other details on the indictment were available Thursday night.

Henson was Sheriff of Carter County from 1996 to 2006.

He's currently a county Constable.

In 2009, Henson was convicted on a simple assault charge in Washington County, Tennessee.

A month later, he lost his job on the Watauga, Tennessee police force.   The town's manager said at the time that the firing was not related to the conviction.

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