Posted: Aug 07, 2016 6:09 PM EST Updated: Aug 09, 2016 7:55 AM EST
By Ken Nicholson
MCMINN COUNTY, TN (WRCB) – UPDATE: A McMinn County detective is off the job. Josh Rhodes is under investigation by the TBI after being accused of stealing a credit card from a man he arrested.
Channel 3 has learned this isn’t the first time the former detective’s police work has been questioned.
Rhodes is named in two federal lawsuits, filed by women who claim they were falsely arrested and imprisoned for late payments on payday loans.
According to court documents, Rhodes charged the women with worthless checks, a Class A misdemeanor, in 2015.
Late last year, prosecutors agreed to drop all criminal charges. Court documents say, because it was a “civil matter.”
“We abolished debtor’s prisons hundreds of years ago,” said attorney Abby Burke, who represents the plaintiffs. “The Tennessee Constitution specifically says, you can’t put someone in jail for not paying a civil loan.”
Sheriff Joe Guy tells us Rhodes was not reprimanded after the worthless check charges against the women were dropped.
An attorney representing Rhodes denies the allegations listed in the suit.