Months ago a recorder was found in the LaFollette City Council Chamber. Today LaFollette City Council Member Vanessa Ann Thompson has been arrested on 34 counts of Wiretapping/Electronic Surveillance and 2 counts of Official Misconduct.
According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, an investigation by Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has resulted in the indictment of a member of the LaFollette City Council.
On February 14th, at the request of 8th District Attorney General Jared Effler, TBI Agents began investigating a recording device that was found in the LaFollette City Hall Conference Room. During the course of the investigation, Agents developed information that Vanessa Ann Thompson (DOB 04/03/61), a city councilwoman, was the individual responsible for placing the device in the conference room.
On October 2nd, the Campbell County Grand Jury returned indictments charging Thompson with 34 counts of Wiretapping and Electronic Surveillance and two counts of Official Misconduct. Today, she turned herself in and was booked into the Campbell County Jail. She was released after posting a $20,000 bond.
The Press Release from the City of LaFollette states-
The City has been advised by the District Attorney General’s Office that council woman Anne Thompson has been indicted for various charges as set forth in the grand jury indictment. The city of LaFollette cannot comment on council matters such as this because it is an ongoing investigation. However, the City is fully cooperating with state and local authorities. Although it is unfortunate for all involved, the City of LaFollette, City Council and its employees will continue its mission to provide competent city services and to assist the citizens of LaFollette.
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.