LIVINGSTON, Ala. — A former west Alabama sheriff who was recently removed from office by impeachment over corruption charges is now facing multiple criminal charges, authorities said Wednesday.
Tyrone Clark, who won a second four-year term as Sumter County sheriff in 2014, was arrested on eight felony charges and two misdemeanor charges, The Tuscaloosa News (http://bit.ly/2bBsrUO) quoted Sumter County District Attorney Greg Griggers as saying.
Clark was charged with three ethics counts of using his office for personal gain; two charges of using county inmates to have work performed at his house; first- and second-degree promoting prison contraband; conspiracy to commit a controlled substances crime, first-degree human trafficking; and first-degree perjury, the newspaper said.
A photograph by WTOK-TV showed Clark following his arrest wearing a black hat, a white T-shirt and with his hands in cuffs. Clark was booked into the same county jail he ran before his removal from office.
An attorney for Clark did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment, but Clark has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing. The Alabama Supreme Court removed him from office in July for corruption, despite defense claims that the allegations were the result of small-town politics.
An earlier grand jury report said Clark allowed prisoner Rodney Coats, 39, to have special privileges while awaiting trial on drug charges.
Coats was supposed to remain behind bars on $675,000 bond on charges of assault, methamphetamine and cocaine trafficking, receiving stolen property and more. Instead, Clark ordered staff not to shake him down, gave him access to firearms, enabled him to engage in human trafficking from inside the jail, and arranged an unsecured room where Coats had sex with visiting women who had not been searched or monitored, according to the report.