LaFollette Couple Indicted, Charged with Neglecting and Financially Exploiting Vulnerable Adult

CAMPBELL COUNTY – A LaFollette couple has been indicted following an investigation by special agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation into the abuse and financial exploitation of an elderly man.  

In December, at the request of 8th Judicial District Attorney General Jared Effler, TBI agents began investigating allegations against Robert Heatherly (DOB: 3/19/82) and Alisha Heatherly (DOB: 6/3/85).

During the course of the investigation, agents learned that the couple, while working as caregivers for a 79-year-old man, financially exploited the victim and failed to provide proper care.  

On Wednesday, the Campbell County Grand Jury returned indictments charging both Robert and Alisha Heatherly with one count of Financial Exploitation of an Elderly/Vulnerable Person and one count of Aggravated Abuse or Neglect of an Elderly/Vulnerable Adult. Both were arrested today and booked into the Campbell County Jail. They are each being held on a $150,000 bond.

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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