TDOC Press Release
MOUNTAIN CITY – The Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC) Office of Investigation and Compliance (OIC) has worked jointly over the last 11 months with the Johnson County District Attorney’s Office in an ongoing investigation resulting in obtaining Grand Jury indictments against three former TDOC employees. A Johnson County Grand Jury returned indictments related to official misconduct against Randy Lee, Shannon Clark, and Billy Jan Porter, Jr.
All three individuals previously worked at the Northeast Correctional Complex in Mountain City. Lee, who served as Warden, is charged with tampering with evidence (three counts), official misconduct (four counts), and conspiracy to commit tampering with evidence. Porter is charged with two counts of introduction of contraband while Clark was indicted on official misconduct and sexual contact with an inmate.
“Any employee who violates the trust bestowed upon correctional professionals, and those found in violation of state law should be prosecuted to the fullest extent,” said Commissioner Tony Parker. “The Department of Correction will not tolerate unprofessional conduct, and those who refuse to honor the oath of a correctional employee will be held accountable.”
Lee retired from TDOC in 2018; Clark was terminated on July 13, 2019, and Porter was terminated on September 21, 2019. Porter was a maintenance worker and Clark was a correctional sergeant at the time of their termination.
The Department of Correction encourages anyone with information about misconduct and/or any threats to the safety and security of our officers or facilities to call our anonymous TIPS hotline at 1-844-TDC-FIND (1-844-832-3463).