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Former probation officer indicted on official misconduct charges

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Wayne Hargrove faces two counts of official misconduct. (WSMV) Wayne Hargrove faces two counts of official misconduct. (WSMV)

The subject of a Channel 4 I-Team investigation has been charged with two felony counts for official misconduct.

The charges come days after the I-Team uncovered why a former probation officer was under investigation.

Wayne Hargrove was indicted by a Dickson County Grand Jury. He turned himself in to the sheriff’s department on Thursday.

Based on court documents, it’s unclear exactly what evidence the jurors heard. The indictment describes Hargrove as “a public servant with the intent to obtain a benefit … or to harm another.”

Hargrove was a probation officer until earlier this year. He worked for a company that contracts with the City of Dickson.

By obtaining letters sent between public officials, the I-Team discovered Hargrove was under investigation for “inappropriate sexual misconduct with probationers.”

Hargrove’s attorney denies that claim and said he did nothing illegal.

One woman said Hargrove repeatedly texted her and asked her to hang out and drink at night.

Hollie Walker said she felt pressured to keep talking to Hargrove because he was helping her stay out of trouble even when she admits she failed to report at least once.

“I felt like I was obligated to do that, to keep talking to him to keep my probation going good,” Walker said. “I was scared if he got mad at me, that’s when things would turn out ugly, but it did anyways.”

Another woman, Baily McGinnis, said Hargrove never acted inappropriately as her probation officer.

Hargrove’s lawyer said the accusations were made up by a confidential informant who lied to get out of his own case.

VIEW the indictment.

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