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Monday, September 1, 2008

[TN] Domestic Violence Deputy Kim Keith arrested for DV

Domestic Abuse Officer arrested for Domestic Assault

By Dale Welch dale@hilltopexpress.net
Aug 28, 2008
A Putnam Deputy Sheriff who works with domestic violence cases has been charged with domestic violence as well and has been suspended without pay from her job. Kimberly Lamay Keith, 33, of Shannon Dr., Cookeville, was arrested at 9:49 p.m.last Friday at her residence and charged with domestic assault in a warrant taken by Putnam Deputy David Gibbons around. She was released from jail, according to booking records, at 10:12 a.m. on Saturday after making a property bond. Putnam Sheriff David Andrews told the Hilltop Express, “We take domestic violence charges very seriously, no matter who it is. “Be assured that this case will be handled just like any other case as it goes through the court system.” The warrant was not available at press time on Sunday. Keith makes an initial appearance in court on Sept. 15.

Domestic Violence Officer Accused Of Assaulting Husband
August 26, 2008

Putnam County Sheriff's Office

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. - A Putnam County woman is accused of assaulting her husband.

Kim Keith is a domestic violence officer with the Putnam County Sheriff's Office.

Since 2003, if there's been a domestic violence case in the county, more than likely Keith has investigated it.

But now she's on the other side of the law and suspended from her job.

"Absolutely not," Keith said when asked if she has ever shoved or physically assaulted her husband.

A police report indicates that her husband told investigators that she assaulted him.

"My husband and I got into an argument," she said.

Keith insisted that her husband is trying to get back at her because she wanted out of the marriage.

"I would just like to say that I didn't do all of what I'm accused of doing," the deputy said. "I'd just like to get it taken care of and clear my name."

"The fact that she's an officer, the fact that she got arrest is enough for me," said Keith's boss, Putnam County Sheriff David Andrews.

Andrews said he takes the charges seriously.

He put Keith on unpaid administrative leave, took her gun and patrol car.

"We'll see what happens in court," he said. "I have to, as the sheriff, as the administrator here, look at the total circumstance. When this is all over with, I'll make a decision as to what we do from there."

"He did push me. He left and went to a chiropractor appointment," Keith said.

Keith said her husband was never treated at a hospital for any injuries. She also said he waited five hours to summon police after the initial fight on Friday.

Keith is scheduled to appear in court for the assault charges on Sept. 15. She was placed on unpaid administrative leave.

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