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Rutherford County Sheriff's Race Heats Up with Accusations - Erika Kurre

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NASHVILLE, TN - Claims that a Rutherford County detective had an illegal relationship With a 17-year old girl may have been dismissed but there's more to this internal investigation.

The Sheriff's Office findings list every detail of communication between Mayercik and detectives from when the inappropriate conduct complaint was made to Mayercik's letter of resignation filed Wednesday.
   
Mayercik is running for office against Sheriff Robert Arnold in the upcoming election and has strong accusations of his own.

27-year old Shelly Wells claims throughout the past 10-years, starting when she was 17, she and former detective Ralph Mayercik had an intimate relationship.

Wells also claims when she was 20-years old, he took her to a bar and bought her beer.

Mayercik denies any wrongdoing and a report by Lt. Nathan Pagel states the claim of this inappropriate conduct is not sustained, citing there's not enough evidence to prove them true despite "behaviors and evasiveness that indicated a lack of full disclosure" from Mayercik.

But this inquiry ultimately led to accusations from the sheriff's office that Mayercik violated department policy, state law and his honesty and trustworthiness are questionable due to his alleged tampering with evidence when he reset and erased information on his county-issued iPad.

An incident report was then filed by the sheriff's office for tampering with evidence and Mayercik was re-assigned to the adult detention facility.

Mayercik believes this is all part of a smear campaign.
   
Fox 17 News made several calls to the sheriff's office for additional comment.

Deputy Chief Virgil Gammon says Mayercik's claims against the department are not true and Wells' family felt compelled to come forward.

Mayercik has not been charged but resigned on Wednesday, saying he needed to sever ties with the sheriff's office.

Mayercik is given 5-days to appeal the transfer.
   
He says he won't appeal and instead plans to keep his ties severed from the sheriff's office in order to effectively campaign.