BY KEN LITTLE
Two Greeneville men jailed this week after a home invasion crime on Twin Barns Road now are charged with aggravated sexual battery and other offenses stemming from an alleged incident Tuesday in the Greene County Detention Center, investigators said.
Phillip Dean Hale Jr., 34, of 330 East Church St., and Jimmy Dean Hale, 33, of 105 Pearl Alley, are also charged with assault and theft under $500, sheriff's Detective Sgt. Jason Taylor said in reports.
The men "used force and coercion to make the victim have unlawful sexual contact with one of the parties involved," a report said.
The alleged sexual assault occurred in a cell in the C-Pod unit of the jail, the report said.
The victim was bitten in the buttocks during the incident, the report said. The Hales also allegedly stole $40 worth of commissary items from the victim, according to the report.
Phillip Hale Jr. is charged with two counts of aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, aggravated burglary, and assault in connection with the initial incident.
Jimmy Dean Hale is charged with aggravated burglary, reckless endangerment and two counts of assault.
Phillip and Jimmy Hale, along with a woman who drove the men to the address, were taken into custody following the home invasion crime about 11:10 p.m. Sunday in the 100 block of Twin Barns Road.
The men had first General Sessions court appearances on Monday.
Bond for each man on the charges stemming from the alleged sexual assault was set at $61,000 by General Sessions Court Judge Kenneth Bailey Jr.
They were scheduled to appear today in General Sessions Court on the most recent charges.
In the crime Sunday night, sheriff's deputies said Phillip and Jimmy Hale allegedly forced their way inside the house and assaulted the man and woman living there, reports said.
The homeowners were assaulted as a child was sleeping on a living room couch, a report said.
Phillip Hale allegedly shoved the female victim into a bedroom wall, causing her to fall to the floor, the report said. Hale allegedly pulled a knife and attempted to stab the male homeowner.
A neighbor who "saw what was going on" and attempted to help the victims was allegedly threatened with a knife by Phillip Hale as he left the house, a report said.