Guilty plea entered by former Cocke corrections officer

A former Cocke County corrections officer entered a guilty plea Monday to a negotiated resolution of his case in Cocke County Circuit Court.

Hayden Bryce Throckmorton, 20, Highway 70 Bypass, Greeneville, was named on a sealed presentment returned by a Cocke County Grand Jury in April 2019 charging him with two counts official misconduct, two counts sexual contact with an inmate and the introduction of contraband into a penal facility.

The presentment alleged Throckmorton on two occasions had sexual contact or sexual penetration with an inmate, who was in the custody of the Cocke County Jail. He also delivered a cell phone to the inmate in violation of jail policy.

Throckmorton entered a plea to two counts of sexual contact with an inmate and the introduction of contraband into a penal institution. The prosecution dismissed the two counts of official misconduct as part of the agreement.

Judge Carter Moore accepted the agreed sentence of one year in jail on each of the three counts to be served consecutively at 30% with the balance on probation. However, the defendant has also asked for judicial deferral, and if granted that would mean no jail time and the expungement of the conviction at the end of a three-year period if Throckmorton remains offense free during the period.

Moore has scheduled a sentencing hearing for October at which time he will decide if the judicial deferral motion should be granted.

Throckmorton was hired as a jailer in March 2018 and terminated in June of that year.