Crossville councilman Jesse Kerley.
The charges allege that Kerley assaulted councilman Pete Souza as both men were leaving the city hall building. The incident was caught on video by a surveillance camera inside the city hall lobby.
Crossville city hall lobby surveillance camera video
Councilman Kerley was served with a summons on the charge that read in part, “Mr. Souza was attending a meeting at city hall. After the meeting Mr. Kerley confronted Mr. Souza. During that time, Mr. Souza got hit in the shoulder and the chest. Mr. Kerley did intentionally or knowingly cause Mr. Souza to reasonably fear imminent bodily injury. Said offense occurred in Cumberland Co. Tennessee.”
Reports at the time indicate councilman Kerley's father, who was not charged in this incident made a comment about Souza's help in making signs in the yard at a Mocking bird Drive residence. Those signs have recently resulted in misdemeanor theft charges against Jerry Kerley after the signs disappeared at 9 AM Friday morning. The incident was captured on video and following an investigation by the DA's office the signs were recovered and the charges placed.
Kerley is being represented by Crossville attorney Kevin Bryant and according to Mr. Souza the district attorney's office is prosecuting the case. The charge is a class A misdemeanor with a maximum penalty of 11 months and 29 days in jail and/or a fine of $2500.