Rutherford corrections officer arrested after sex abuse investigation

Rutherford County Sheriff's Office
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — A corrections officer for the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office was arrested on sex charges after an investigation by Wilson County deputies.

Daniel Fanning, 55, of Lebanon, was arrested Thursday and charged with a count of solicitation of a minor and a count of soliciting the sexual exploitation of a minor.

An investigation began after a concerned parent contacted the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office when their daughter told them she had received several disturbing and unsolicited messages of a sexual nature.

Fanning was employed by the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office as a corrections officer at the time of his arrest.

News 2 learned Fanning started work as a detention officer on Oct. 22. He was on probation and still in training at the time, and he was terminated Thursday and is not eligible for rehire. Rutherford officials also said his background check reportedly did not show any indication of criminal activity.

“Our agency wants clarify that an individual’s profession or status in society has no impact on the determination or our obligation to protect the citizens of Wilson County,” Sheriff Robert Bryan said. “Any person who has been accused of a crime will be investigated thoroughly. If sufficient evidence exists of a criminal violation, that person will be charged accordingly. Anytime a person conducts themselves in this manner is regretful, especially when that person is in a position of public trust. We have no tolerance for this type of behavior in Wilson County.”

He is also a former police officer of the Watertown Police Department and the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office.

Fanning remains in custody under $50,000 bond. He is currently scheduled to appear in court at 9 a.m. on Dec. 8.