A Hancock County married couple, who allegedly grossly mistreated their two adult mentally and physically handicapped foster children – two brothers who are young adults – were released from the Hancock County Jail this week after posting $30,000 bond, authorities say.
Jason Haase, 46, and Tina Haase, 50, who live on Cool Branch Road in the Treadway community, were indicted by a Hancock County grand jury on Monday for 27 counts apiece of false imprisonment and abuse of a vulnerable adult.
The different charges stem from the same alleged criminal conduct – using cables to tie the young men to their beds bed where they sustained injuries, District Attorney General Dan Armstrong said this morning.
Armstrong says the two young men are “extremely disabled,” and one of them is unable to talk. It’s not clear how long the two have been staying with the Haases. The earliest date on the indictments is in 2017, according to the prosecutor, who says each count represents a month in which the brothers allegedly were illegally confined and injured.
The lead investigator in the case was Detective Jesse Trent with the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department. Teddy Collingsworth, a criminal investigator with the DA’s office, Department of Children’s Services employee Pamela Arnold and Dr. John Short with Sneedville Rural Health also testified before the grand jury on Monday.
In another high-profile prosecution, the grand jury indicted Martin Ray Rouse, 41, Southern Hollow Road, Sneedville for arson for allegedly torching a barn belonging to Joseph E. Southern in August 2018. The estimated loss is approximately $45,000. Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Agent Justin Ramsey was the lead investigator in this case.
Rouse was incarcerated in Lee County, Virginia, when he was indicted. He was pleaded guilty to arson in Claiborne County Criminal Court in 2017 and was convicted of sexual battery and theft in the same county in 2015, according to court records.