Rocky Top man out on bail for child abuse gets charged with assault

Cameron Beard / Source: Anderson County Sheriff's Office

A Rocky Top man who was out on bond for child abuse is back in jail on multiple charges including assault, the Anderson County Sheriff's Office said.

The sheriff's office said Cameron Beard, 22, was booked into the jail on July 8 on charges of aggravated assault, domestic assault, animal cruelty and preventing one from making emergency call.

A release from the sheriff's office said the incident happened in the Dutch Valley Community in the victim's vehicle.

Investigators said Beard was a passenger in the vehicle, and he struck the victim multiple times. Investigators said the victim tried to call 911 but couldn't after Beard took the victim's phone and smashed it.

According to the release, the victim said Beard hit them harder after the phone was destroyed and began choking the victim's 4-month-old dog.

Anderson County Sheriff Russell Baker said the county is safer with Beard in jail. “This case is a great example of how hard our deputies work and the passion they have for making Anderson County safe. The work of Deputy Culver and all involved should be commended,” stated Barker.

The release stated Beard is in jail on a bond of $76,000.

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