Charges have been dropped against a former deputy charged with selling illegal deer jerky to an undercover officer.
The former officer, Josh C. King, 31, had his charged dropped without prejudice for one year, meaning prosecutors reserved the right to restore the charges if King gets into any trouble during the next year. As part of the agreement which led to the dismissal, King lost his hunting license and must pay make a $250 contribution to the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency.
In a citation issued by the TWRA, it was claimed King sold deer jerky to an undercover TWRA agent.
“An undercover TWRA officer met with Josh King and purchased what Mr. King said was beef jerky,” the citation reads.
After buying the jerky, the sample was sent for examination.
“The samples of jerky were sent to the TWRA forensic laboratory at the University of Tennessee at Martin,” the citation explained. “TWRA forensic scientists tested the jerky samples and found they were white tail deer instead of beef.”
The charges were brought due to a state law which makes it illegal to sell the meat of wild animals for profit.
King resigned his post from the sheriff’s department last summer after he became the point of a TBI probe into allegations made by a female inmate he was transporting for mental evaluation. He resigned after being confronted about breaking regulations by letting the female ride up front in the patrol car during the transport. Nothing ever came of the TBI investigation.