Maury County deputy arrested, accused of soliciting child - WSMV News 4

Maury County deputy arrested, accused of soliciting child

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A sheriff's deputy is off the job and in deep trouble for something he allegedly did on the internet.

Jackie Sands is accused of communicating with a person he thought was a child. Turned out, another officer was on the receiving end.

Sands has been charged with soliciting sex from a minor online. He's been fired and stripped of his gun and badge.

Now two sheriffs offices, the one that arrested him and the one that employed him, are trying to deal with the shock of what's just happened.

During a recent undercover online sting investigators with the Dickson County Sheriff's Office said they caught three Middle Tennessee men soliciting sex from minors.

Sands, a deputy in Marshall County, was one of the three arrested.

"If you're breaking the law, we're going to enforce the law," said Dickson County Sheriff Jeff Bledsoe.

Maury County Sheriff Enoch George said Sands seemed like an outstanding employee.

"I couldn't believe that one of my deputies had done something like this," said George.

Sands has been working as a night shift deputy in Maury County the last three years. Previously he had worked at the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office.

Investigators said they hope they stopped a dangerous crime from happening.

"We hope we prevented anyone from being involved or being a victim," said Bledsoe.

The investigation continues tonight.

"I'm very concerned about what other information that we might get from this point on that has already happened that we don't know about," said Bledsoe.

Sands bonded out of jail. Channel 4 News attempted to contact the former deputy, but the cell phone had been disconnected. It's unclear if Sands will face additional charges.

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