Former Dyer County constable sentenced to 25 years in prison
A former Dyer County constable will now begin serving a 25-year sentence after pleading guilty to enticement of a minor through electronic means. According to United States Attorney Edward L. Stanton III, on Monday, May 20, Chief United States District Judge Jon P. McCalla sentenced Derick Shane Hundley, 30, to 25 years incarceration in the federal prison system, followed by lifetime supervised release. Stanton noted there is no parole in the federal system.
Hundley was taken into custody by the TBI around 12:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 21, 2012. Hundley, who was the Dyer County constable for District H, resigned from his post after his arrest. He was elected to the position in 2010 and his term was set to expire in 2014.
On Aug. 28, 2012, a federal grand jury returned a two-count indictment against Hundley. Count one charged Hundley with enticement of a minor through electronic means. The federal indictment states between or about July 14, 2012 and on or about July 16, 2012, Hundley knowingly used a cell phone to attempt to persuade a female he knew to be under the age of 18 years to engage in sexual activity. Count two charged him with possession of child pornography. The second count of the federal indictment states that from approximately Feb. 17, 2010 and July 20, 2012, Hundley knowingly possessed an external hard drive and a cell phone, which contained computer image files with numerous images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.
Hundley originally pleaded not guilty to the charges during a detention hearing in September of 2012.
On Jan. 24, 2013, Hundley pleaded guilty to enticement of a minor through electronic means.
The case was investigated by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Federal Bureau of Investigation Memphis Crimes Against Children Task Force. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Dan Newsom on behalf of the government.
Bobby Byrum beat three other opponents during the open District H constable race during the November 2012 election. Byrum won the position with 291 votes.