Documents filed in federal court last week suggest that criminal charges could be filed against the Bedford County Sheriff's Department's former child abuse investigator.
Last December, Rebecca Hord filed suit against the county and Sheriff Randall Boyce under the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Tennessee Human Rights Act for allegedly failing to pay overtime, racial and gender discrimination, and retaliatory discharge.
But the suit is now on hold until a status conference on Jan. 9, 2013, with attorneys for the county stating in court filings that there is currently an investigation of Hord by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the state Comptroller's Office.
According to the court documents, the investigation regards matters that may have occurred while Hord was employed by Boyce.
"As a result, there may or may not be criminal charges arising out of the investigation thereby requiring (Hord) to invoke certain rights during the discovery phase of this case until such time as the criminal case has been concluded," attorneys for both sides stated in a motion.
The investigation is expected to be concluded within the next 30 to 60 days, at which time both sides would be in a better position to know how to go forward in the case, federal court documents say.
According to documents filed by the county earlier this year, Hord was fired for driving her assigned vehicle "for non work related personal reasons to Kentucky and Nashville as well as a number of other violations of departmental policy that she was warned about violating."
However, Hord has claimed that she was fired for supporting four other detectives who have also sued for unpaid overtime, also charging that Boyce "allowed and fostered a culture of racism" within the sheriff's department.