Attorney accused of sexual misconduct has long history with state - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Attorney accused of sexual misconduct has long history with state

By Justin Hanson - bio | email

BOLIVAR, TN (WMC-TV) - Earlier this week, Action News 5 broke the story about a West Tennessee district attorney who's now accused of sexual misconduct.  But what's Terry Dycus' history with the state?

Dycus began his career of public service in 1991 as an employee of the Tennessee Department of Human Services.  He then moved into the courtroom.

"His greatest time was with the Public Defenders from June 1991 'till April 2001," said Guy Jones with the Tennessee District Attorney's General Conference.

From April 2001 to February 2002, Dycus served as an Assistant District Attorney in the 13th Judicial District in middle Tennessee. 

Until recently, Dycus served as an assistant to Mike Dunavant in the 25th Judicial District in West Tennessee.

"The DA apparently has taken action there.  Mr. Dycus is no longer employed and there may be allegations that may need to be looked at by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation," Jones said.

Two weeks ago, two female defendants with cases in court in Hardeman County 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.

They also claim Dycus touched them inappropriately while court was in recess.

The TBI is looking into these allegations.  They will then turn Dycus' case over to special prosecutor Paul Hagerman of Shelby County. 

"It's essentially no different, the way its done, is no different that if it were a conflict case for instance if someone in the office had a family member accused of a crime," Jones said.

Action News 5 contacted the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility, which announces disciplinary actions taken by the Tennessee Supreme Court against attorneys. 

They said there had never been any disciplinary action taken against Terry Dycus.

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