Ex-Tennessee DA admits to trading sex for dismissing charges

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A former assistant district attorney in Tennessee has pleaded guilty to soliciting a sexual bribe in exchange for expunging a woman’s criminal charges.

The eastern district U.S. Attorney’s Office says William E. McManus Jr. entered his plea in federal court on Monday.

The 50-year-old admitted to dismissing shoplifting and meth possession charges in Washington County in exchange for a commercial sex act with a woman.

He had also engaged in commercial sex acts with the woman prior to the bribe.

McManus’ sentencing is scheduled for November.

The offense carries a maximum punishment of up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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