Hardeman County Sheriff's Deputy accused of rape

Hardeman County Sheriff's Deputy Sammy Flake was on leave Thursday...behind bars, accused of a crime many of those who know him simply couldn't believe: raping a 14-year old girl.

The deputy, from the tiny town of Pocahontas, Tennessee, was investigated by the TBI after a complaint was filed against him with the local district attorney.

Hardeman County Sheriff Delphus Hicks said he was very surprised by the allegations.  Hicks said Flake was a good employee for the five years he was on the force.

Flake is being held in the Tipton County Jail on at $150,000 bond.  The TBI requested that he not be put in his hometown jail, for fear the inmates there might harm him.

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