Jason Locke, the former acting Tennessee Bureau of Investigation director, has been cleared of any criminal wrongdoing.
Locke was accused of misusing state funds while having an affair with another state worker.
The Davidson County grand jury heard testimony by investigators and determined neither party committed a violation of any criminal statute.
In a statement to News 2, the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Service said, “The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services is grateful to learn that the Davidson County Grand Jury has determined that Sejal West did not violate any criminal statute. The department would like to thank District Attorney Glen Funk and his team for their diligent and thorough work.”
The statement continued, ” We take seriously any allegation regarding misuse of taxpayer dollars, and we fully cooperated with all investigations related to this matter from the beginning. It is our hope that Tennesseans will not lose sight of the life-changing work performed every day by our more than 1,800 state employees. As an organization, our innovative and impactful work in many areas is consistently recognized and praised at the local, state, and federal levels.”
Locke retired from the TBI amid the investigation. West has also resigned from her position to pursue other opportunities.
Jeff Cherry, the attorney for Jason Locke, released a statement on behalf of his client. Read the full statement here.