A vice president with Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corp. was indicted and arrested on charges that he allegedly had sexual relations with a minor.
The Rutherford County Grand Jury in June indicted Dane Appalsammy of Murfreesboro on three counts of aggravated sexual battery, solicitation of a minor and three counts of rape of a child, according to a Murfreesboro Police arrest report.
He was arrested Monday, the report said.
Appalsammy is vice president of Information Systems at MTEMC, the electric co-op’s website says.
When asked about Appalsammy’s employment status, MTEMC said in a statement it “having received copies of the official indictment of Dane Appalsammy, and given the severity and specifics now available, took immediate action Thursday to suspend Appalsammy indefinitely without pay.
Charles G. Ward, a Murfreesboro attorney, said he represents Appalsammy.
"Under the Constitution of the United States of America, he is presumed innocent until proven guilty," Ward said in a statement. "I look forward to moving this case forward to its proper conclusion, as my client is innocent of any charges."
The indictments say the alleged activity took place on, about or between Aug. 1, 2012 and Sept. 14, 2017.
The arrest report says the MPD received a referral in February from the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services about alleged sex abuse against a child who was about 9.
The case is being handled by Judge David M. Bragg in Criminal Circuit Court.
A source hearing was held, and Bragg ordered a $10,000 bond, according to the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office. Appalsammy was released on bond. A source hearing is held in some cases to determine that the bail funds do not come from illicit gains.
An arraignment hearing is scheduled for July 6, the Criminal Circuit Court Clerk’s Office said.