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Sequatchie Co. constable charged with child rape pleads no contest to child endangerment

David Broome will be on probation for 11 months and 29 days. If he does not run into legal trouble in that time frame, his arrest will be expunged from his record. (Images: TBI/MGN)

A constable in Sequatchie County charged in 2013 with raping an 8-year-old girl has pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of child abuse.

In September, 2013, a grand jury indicted 61-year-old David Broome on child rape charges.

At the time, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) said the sexual contact happened between December, 2012 and January, 2013 at a home on Signal Mountain.

The Sequatchie County court clerk's office tells NewsChannel 9 that Broome was granted a judicial diversion. Broome will be on probation for 11 months and 29 days. If he does not run into legal trouble in that time frame, his arrest will be expunged from his record.

The court clerk's office also says Broome will not be placed on the state of Tennessee's sex offender registry.

Reporter Karen House of the Dunlap News online newspaper reports that prosecutors say the family of the 8-year-old girl did not want to put her through the ordeal of a trial, which was scheduled to begin next month.

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