Criminal Justice

Prosecutor gets her job back after filing police report against DA

A Tennessee prosecutor has been reinstated to her job after alleging the district attorney assaulted her during a disagreement and fired her two days later.

Tenth Judicial District Attorney Steve Bebb made the announcement in a joint press release with his accuser, Cynthia LeCroy-Schemel, report the Chattanooga Times Free Press and the Chatanoogan.

“Both Steve Bebb and Cindy LeCroy-Schemel are and have been passionate, both as prosecutors and people,” the joint statement said. “In many offices, disagreements sometimes arise among peers. The District Attorney’s office is no exception to this rule.”

LeCroy-Schemel had filed a police report on Monday alleging that Bebb assaulted her last Wednesday. Police confirmed the report but did not release details, according to the Advocate & Democrat. LeCroy-Schemel told the Times Free Press that Bebb yelled at her, grabbed her and cocked his fist. Two purported witnesses did not discuss the matter with the Times Free Press.

LeCroy-Schemel had alleged that Bebb was angry because she wasn’t supporting Bebb’s endorsed candidate for DA. Bebb is not running for re-election.

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