A former Williamson County Sheriff’s Office deputy was arrested by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Thursday on a charge of official misconduct.
John Vande Woude, 33, of Spring Hill, was booked into the Williamson County Jail and released on bond.
According to the TBI, at the request of 21st District Attorney Kim Helper, the bureau began an investigation involving Vande Woude in April of this year. Agents determined that Vande Woude mishandled information in a Franklin rape case to potentially benefit a friend, who was a suspect in the crime, according to the agency.
On April 27, the TBI notified Williamson County Sheriff Dusty Rhoades that agents had opened an investigation concerning Vande Woude. After receiving that information, according to the sheriff’s office, Rhoades decommissioned Vande Woude and revoked his law enforcement powers.
Vande Woude worked at the sheriff’s office for four years. He was hired as a detention deputy in 2017 and transferred to the patrol division in 2019. He has since been working in a civilian position at the sheriff’s office until his arrest Thursday. He was terminated immediately after the arrest.
The official misconduct charge was the result of a grand jury indictment. The TBI presented the case to the grand jury.
A court date has been set for Sept. 29 in Williamson County Circuit Court.