Man surrenders to face child abuse charges

KNOXVILLE — A man has turned himself in to police after a child abuse investigation.

Jeffrey LaRue, 48, of Knoxville surrendered after 5 p.m. Friday, according to the Knox County Sheriff’s Office. An investigation conducted by the Knox County Sheriff’s Office Family Crisis Unit led to a grand jury five-count indictment that charged LaRue with contributing to delinquency of a minor, allowing an unlicensed driver to drive an automobile, reckless endangerment, sexual battery by an authority figure and assault.

LaRue’s bond was set at $40,000. His criminal history in Knox County includes obstruction of justice charges.

The KCSO Family Crisis Unit investigates cases involving domestic violence, child abuse, elder abuse and animal abuse.

More details as they develop online and in Sunday’s News Sentinel.