UPDATE Jan. 18, 2017 - WSAZ-TV is reporting that Roane County Sheriff Matthew "Bo" Williams has pleaded guilty to entering without breaking an evidence locker and has also resigned from his position as sheriff.

The agreement was part of a plea deal.

Williams, who faces up to 10 years in prison, was in a Roane County courtroom Wednesday.

The charges come after Williams took meth from evidence at the Spencer Police Department where he worked.

Two criminal cases Williams was part of with the Spencer Police Department have been dismissed.

Roane County Prosecuting Attorney Josh Downey said more charges could be filed against Williams.

The Roane County Commission will meet to appoint an interim sheriff. The Commission must appoint a new sheriff within 30 days of the interim appointment.

Williams is scheduled to be sentenced in March.


Jan. 14, 2017 - A court order now blocks Roane County's newly elected sheriff from investigating crimes following his arrest for grand larceny in the theft of drugs from the Spencer Police Department.

Sheriff Matthew "Bo" Williams was already blocked from entering his own office spaces in the Roane County Courthouse because evidence was stored there.

The expansion of the order blocks him from investigating crimes or courthouse security work.

He is permitted to work as county treasurer. Williams has been doing that job from a courthouse hall and the county clerk's office.

He has a preliminary hearing on that theft charge and separate hearing to fight the injunction next Wednesday.

Jan. 13, 2017 - Charged with stealing drugs from an evidence locker and admitting to officials that he used methamphetamine for a over a year, Roane's newly elected sheriff Bo Williams is on the job in the hallway of the Roane County courthouse.

Williams has been court ordered not to enter the sheriff's office.

Williams, wearing a civilian suit, has been helping courthouse visitors and occasionally signing documents brought to him from his office.

He told Spencer Newspapers that "I'm making the best of it."

Williams was arrested with a grand larceny charge.

A hearing is set for later this month on the ban from his office, and his criminal case has yet to be heard.

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