A grand jury has indicted Erin Doughtery McArdle, a former assistant district attorney in Tennessee’s First Judicial District, and Tommy Tylee Henry on charges of conspiracy to commit extortion, extortion under color of official right, and solicitation of a bribe.
According to court documents, McArdle prosecuted criminal cases in Washington County Criminal Court and lived with Henry in Sullivan County.
The indictment accuses the duo of using McArdle’s then-position as a prosecutor to extort individuals being prosecuted in Washington County.
In one case, the indictment says McArdle and Henry accepted $50,000 from someone referred to as “victim 2” to get charges dropped against that person’s father back in 2015. Henry contacted “victim 2” and originally requested $40,000, which the victim paid after meeting with Henry in a parking lot in the Colonial Heights area of Kingsport, according to the indictment. Court records say he later demanded another $10,000 to get the charges dropped.
McArdle and Henry are also accused of attempting to extort money from someone involved in a drug task force investigation in exchange for resolving the investigation in that person’s favor.
According to personnel file documents obtained by News Channel 11 through a public records request, McArdle resigned from her position on April 3, 2020.
This comes just weeks after another assistant district attorney in the First District was also charged with bribery.