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From WRCB Channel 3…

Tuesday, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s Statistical Analysis Center released two new publications, one that detailed the volume and nature of hate crime in Tennessee, and the other that outlined violence directed toward the state’s law enforcement officers.

The ‘Tennessee Hate Crime 2020’ reports’ findings showed that:

  • The number of offenses categories with a known bias motivation increased from 113 in 2019 to 118 in 2020, but decreased from 2018’s total of 168
  • Bias-motivated offenses categorized as Crimes Against Persons accounted for 80% of all hate crimes in 2020
  • Of the bias-motivated Crimes Against Persons reported, Race/Ethnicity/Ancestry Bias accounted for 67.5% of reportable incidents, while the second most frequently reported bias was Sexual Orientation Bias, accounting for 20%

The findings of ‘Law Enforcement Officers Killed or Assaulted (LEOKA) 2020’ showed:

  • The total number of reported LEOKA incidents decreased by 4.3% from 2019 to 2020
  • The offense of Simple Assault continues to be the highest reported LEOKA offense, with a total of 1,293 in 2020
  • Zero LEOKA murders were reported in 2020

Also from WRCB Channel 3…

A Tennessee man accused of child molestation was given a 20-year sentence with the first 15 years to be served in prison, by Catoosa County Superior Court Judge Don Thompson after a three-day trial ending on September 22, 2021.

Japheth Long, 28, of Soddy Daisy, Tennessee, was charged with child molestation for an incident occurring in October 2019 at the Econo Lodge Hotel in Fort Oglethorpe. Long, who had no prior felony convictions, was staying at the hotel with the four-year-old female victim’s mother, who was in the bathroom when the crime occurred. Evidence presented at trial suggested Long and the victim’s mother had been using methamphetamine in the room. The following day, the child disclosed the abuse to her mother, and again recounted the molestation during a recorded interview at the Children’s Advocacy Center.

During the course of the trial, another minor testified that in 2016, Long, who was friends with her older brother, raped her when she was 12 years old, in her California home. The California case against Long is still pending. After a short deliberation, the jury found Long guilty of child molestation.

In news today…

On Tuesday, BCSO K9 Deputy Joker successfully underwent an MRI and CT scan. Due to the test results and a second opinion, it was determined the best course of action will be to send K9 Joker home with a feeding tube, allowing him to heal for 5-12 weeks, and reevaluate him afterwards to see if he is a viable candidate for reconstructive jaw surgery. He is expected to be released from the vet today.