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West TN attorney fired after alleged sexual misconduct

By Anna Marie Hartman - bio | email

BOLIVAR, TN (WMC-TV) - A prominent Mid-South prosecutor was fired after allegations of sexual misconduct.

A TBI spokesperson said she was told Assistant District Attorney for Tennessee's 25th District Terry Dycus has been fired from his job.  Dycus was let go shortly after TBI agents began investigating what went on inside the Hardeman County Courthouse.

Two weeks ago, two female defendants with cases in court wound up reporting Dycus to the Bolivar police chief.  According to their attorney, both women claim Dycus was trying to coerce them into having sex in exchange for getting their cases thrown out of court.

The women also claimed Dycus touched them inappropriately while court was in recess.

Bolivar's police chief confirmed he took statements from the two women, but he could not provide the allegations of sexual misconduct because he had to turn the information over to the TBI.

Kristin Helm with the TBI said the agents in her office are investigating Dycus for allegations of official misconduct.  They will turn over their findings to Paul Hagerman, special prosecutor from the Shelby County District Attorney's office, who has been assigned to the case.

One of Dycus' female accusers is a registered sex offender.  The other, according to her attorney, was in court on a violation for illegally hunting on someone else's property.

Dycus' boss, District Attorney Mike Dunavant, could not comment on the case.  He did say Dycus was no longer with his office.

The women who made the claims against Dycus were unavailable for comment.

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