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Charged with child rape, David Broome pleads to lesser charge

David Eugene Broome

Jan. 11, 2018 – A month before his jury trial was to occur, Sequatchie County Constable David Eugene Broome pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of child endangerment, after being indicted by the Sequatchie County Grand Jury on the charge of child rape.

Steven Strain, assistant district attorney for the 12th Judicial District, stated today that the decision to reduce charges and avoid a jury trial was made by the family currently raising the child.

The family of the victim did not want to put her through a contested trial,” Strain said. “She is not with her biological family any longer. She is in placement, doing very well for herself.”

On Dec. 20, 2017, Circuit Court Judge Curtis Smith granted an Order of Deferral (Judicial Diversion) for Broome, which permits him to petition to have public records of the case expunged after he serves 11 months, 29 days, on unsupervised probation.

Because the misdemeanor is not sex-related, there is no requirement for Broome to be listed on a sex offender registry.

This will not place him on a sex offender registry,” Strain acknowledged.

The case against Broome goes back five years. According to news accounts, a 7-year-old first grader complained that Broome had sexually assaulted her at his home on Signal Mountain. The address on court records is listed as 271 Pine Ridge Dr., Signal Mountain. The incident allegedly occurred sometime between December 2012 and January 2013.

According to Strain, the initial complaint was reported to Children Services and law enforcement in Georgia. When authorities determined the incident reportedly occurred in Sequatchie County, they contacted the Sequatchie County Sheriff's Department, and because the defendant serves in law enforcement as a constable, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) took over the investigation in April 2013.

Based on TBI Agent Billy Miller's testimony, the Sequatchie County Grand Jury indicted Broome Sept. 23, 2013, on one count of rape of a child.

The indictment states:

The Grand Jurors of Sequatchie County, Tennessee, duly impaneled and sworn upon their oath, present that David Eugene Broome, during December, 2012 in Sequatchie County, Tennessee, and before the finding of this indictment did unlawfully and knowingly sexually penetrate one (name redacted), a child under the age of thirteen years, in violation of T.C.A. 39-13-522, all of which is against the peace and dignity of the State of Tennessee.

Broome, who was 61 at the time of the indictment, was arrested by the TBI and incarcerated in the Sequatchie County Jail for several days until his bond hearing Sept. 27, 2013.

An initial trial date of Sept. 26, 2014, was cancelled because of motions filed by Broome's attorney requesting additional information from Georgia.

A new trial was scheduled for Jan. 16-19, 2018, and Dec. 20 the plea agreement was struck.

The girl would now be around 12 years old, and Strain confirmed that she would have been compelled to testify in a jury trial.

I met with the family who is raising the child now and discussed their options,” Strain said. “They did not want to put her through a trial. They were well pleased with the outcome.”

Broome has been a constable since 2010, when he was appointed to fill an unexpired term. He has since been elected to the position and is currently serving.

I don't know why he's still a constable,” Strain stated.

Broome has picked up paperwork from the Sequatchie County Election Office in preparation to run this year for reelection as constable for District 8.

Previous news reports:  WTVC News Channel 9, The Chattanoogan, Times Free Press.