Sullivan County constable accused of misconduct, theft

Rain Smith • Aug 12, 2019 at 6:00 PM

BLOUNTVILLE — A Sullivan County constable has been indicted on multiple charges after allegedly lying about serving court documents.

Larry H. Mullenix, 62, of Mullenix Lane in Kingsport, turned himself in at the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office on Friday. He later posted $7,500 bond and was released.

The case against Mullenix was investigated by the SCSO and presented last week to a Sullivan County grand jury. Witnesses included Sullivan County Circuit Court Clerk Bobby Russell.

According to the presentment, in February of this year Mullenix falsely claimed to have served summons on a pair of people. He is alleged to have then forged the names of those individuals in records and wrongly collected payment from the court for serving the papers.

The grand jury indicted Mullenix on two counts of official misconduct and two counts of forgery. Both charges are Class E felonies.

Mullenix also faces two counts of tampering with governmental records and one count of theft under $1,000. Those alleged offenses are Class A misdemeanors.

Citing pending prosecution, Sullivan County District Attorney Gen. Barry Staubus declined to comment on the case.

In 2016, Mullenix was elected as constable for Sullivan County's District 8, which includes the Sullivan Gardens area of Kingsport. His term expires next year.