Ex-correctional officer accused in TBI sting appears in court - FOX5 Vegas - KVVU

Ex-correctional officer accused in TBI sting appears in court

Posted: Updated:
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

For the first time, a former Tennessee correctional officer went before a judge Tuesday.

The Channel 4 I-Team first exposed Kevin Simmons, who was caught in a Tennessee Bureau of Investigation sting allegedly trying to smuggle contraband into Riverbend Prison.

Tuesday was the first time we came face-to-face with Simmons, but it's not the first time we've heard his voice.

Simmons is now charged with felony official misconduct after the Channel 4 I-Team gathered cell phone conversations, texts and other documentation that appear to reveal how cell phones were being smuggled into the state's most secure prison.

When we presented our findings to the state, the TBI set up a sting at a motel and agents say Simmons took thousands in cash in exchange for delivering a cell phone and other contraband into the prison.

"Do you want to say anything about what happened in that motel room?" asked Channel 4 I-Team chief investigator Jeremy Finley.

"Nope," Simmons said.

And as for the recorded phone conversation about smuggling contraband to inmate David Faulkner, Simmons didn't have anything to say.

"I'm not answering no questions. I told you that already," Simmons said.

But he continued.

"The world sees a lot of things in what appears to be and what not appears to be. Your assumption is one assumption, and the world's assumption is the world's assumption. My assumption is different," Simmons said.

Simmons said he will talk to us after his case is over.

"I'm 13 years military. I'm a man of my word. So I will contact you after this is over with, because we have a lot to talk about. Trust me," he said.

"Is there widespread corruption in that prison?" Finley asked.

"I'm not going to answer any more questions," Simmons said.

Simmons was appointed a public defender at Tuesday's court appearance because he says he is now out of a job.

Also on Tuesday, the state swept through six prisons looking for contraband. They arrested a delivery truck driver who they say tried to deliver cell phones, cigarettes and alcohol to a Memphis prison.

Copyright 2013 WSMV (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.

  • Ex-correctional officer accused in TBI sting appears in courtMore>>

  • Most Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Report: Wife and husband drown at Lake Havasu

    Report: Wife and husband drown at Lake Havasu

    Saturday, July 22 2017 5:49 PM EDT2017-07-22 21:49:11 GMT
    Lake Mohave appears in this image from July 1, 2015. (Jason Valle/FOX5)Lake Mohave appears in this image from July 1, 2015. (Jason Valle/FOX5)

    Two people drowned Friday at Lake Havasu, according to the Mohave County Sheriff's Department.

    More >

    Two people drowned Friday at Lake Havasu, according to the Mohave County Sheriff's Department.

    More >
  • Our Apologies

    The page you requested is currently unavailable. Pages on this site are constantly being revised, updated, and occasionally removed. You may have followed an outdated link or have outdated pages in your
    You have reached a page which is currently unavailable. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please use your browser's BACK button to return to the previous pageMore >
  • Police seize $2 million in liquid meth hidden in cleaning jugs during traffic stop

    Police seize $2 million in liquid meth hidden in cleaning jugs during traffic stop

    Thursday, July 20 2017 9:05 AM EDT2017-07-20 13:05:17 GMT
    A Texas woman faces federal drug trafficking charges after police seized 75 pounds of liquid crystal methamphetamine worth $2 million inside her vehicle. (Source: Austin Police Department)A Texas woman faces federal drug trafficking charges after police seized 75 pounds of liquid crystal methamphetamine worth $2 million inside her vehicle. (Source: Austin Police Department)

    A Texas woman faces federal drug trafficking charges after police seized 75 pounds of liquid crystal methamphetamine worth $2 million inside her vehicle, according to the Austin Police Department.

    More >

    A Texas woman faces federal drug trafficking charges after police seized 75 pounds of liquid crystal methamphetamine worth $2 million inside her vehicle, according to the Austin Police Department.

    More >
Powered by Frankly
Fox 5
Powered by WorldNow CNN
All content © 2017, KVVU Broadcasting Corporation, Las Vegas, NV and WorldNow. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.