Probation officer charged with official misconduct in Grundy County

Tara Van Hooser-Prater

An investigation by special agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has resulted in the indictment and arrest of an Altamont woman on charges of official misconduct.

At the request of 12th District Attorney General J. Michael Taylor, on July 24, TBI agents began investigating Tara Van Hooser-Prater, a probation officer with the State of Tennessee. During the course of the investigation, agents developed information that indicated that from May through July, Van Hooser-Prater had engaged in a physical relationship with a probationer who was on active probation in Grundy County.

On Nov. 12, the Grundy County Grand Jury returned indictments charging Tara Deanna Van Hooser-Prater (born Feb. 21, 1981) with two counts of official misconduct. Van Hooser-Prater was arrested on Wednesday and booked into the Grundy County Jail on a $7,500 bond.

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