Federal authorities on Wednesday unsealed a plea agreement with a Knox County Sheriff's Office deputy who confessed he and at least five other local law enforcement officers were providing protection for an illegal gambling ring.

The plea agreement, unsealed in U.S. District Court, charges Deputy Robbie Flood with a violation of the federal Hobbs Act. Flood was arraigned and pleaded guilty Wednesday morning.

The plea agreement states in October 2009 Flood was recruited by KCSO Deputy Samuel Hardy Jr. to provide protection and to escort money for a “high stakes poker game in Knoxville.”

The game was actually a sting organized by the FBI. The players were undercover agents.

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