The Bradley County Sheriff’s Office has turned over to 10th Judicial District Prosecutor Thomas Deen the results of his investigation into allegations that Hermitage Mayor Billy Gorman had firearms on Hermitage school premises.
Gorman and the Hermitage police chief had gone to the school on July 15 to meet with the superintendent and a school employee about a blocked road incident and while there Gorman allegedly had a handgun and a rifle in his vehicle.
When the superintendent saw the guns, he called Bradley County Sheriff Rick Anders, who took the guns, according to Anders.
Gorman was not arrested but the case has been turned over to Deen to make a charging decision.
Contacted at his office Thursday, Mayor Gorman declined to comment on the allegations against him but Anders told Seark Today that Gorman told him he didn’t know that it is unlawful to have firearms on school property.
Deen, who is preparing for a murder trial next week in Ashley County, said he has received the file but hasn’t reviewed it yet. He said he will not be reviewing any investigative files, unless its an emergency case, until after the murder trial.