Smyrna referee suspended over criminal history

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The TSSAA suspended a football referee involved in a collision with a Glencliff player because of discrepancies in his background information dealing with a statutory rape charge in 2006.

Sam Stockard of the Murfreesboro Post says a TSSAA official confirmed Kyle Gill, 36, chief operator at Smyrna's wastewater treatment plant and a high school football referee, was charged nearly a decade ago with statutory rape, a felony, and pleaded no contest in April 2007 to attempted statutory rape and criminal trespassing, both misdemeanors.

Circuit court records show Gill was given consecutive suspended sentences of 11 months and 29 days in jail and placed on probation. He also was prohibited from having any contact with the victim and the victim's family and from taking a job with any school system.

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TSSAA Executive Director Bernard Childress says Gill was suspended because of concerns about the information he provided for his background check when he applied with the TSSAA, specifically the matter of being charged with a felony or making a plea agreement on a felony charge.

Stockard reports the town of Smyrna, however, has no problems with the past of Kyle Gill, who started working for Smyrna in 2006, or with his years of employment, according to Smyrna Town Manager Harry Gill Jr., who is his uncle.

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Gill was involved in an incident with a Glencliff football player, when he was run over by the player. It was ruled by the TSSAA the incident was unintentional. However, that's when Gill's past came to light after an investigation and hence, the subsequent suspension by the state's high school sports governing body.

For more, check out the Murfreesboro Post.

LINK TO SAM STOCKARD'S ARTICLE

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