KNOXVILLE  (AP) - A Knox County detective who drew national attention for a sermon calling for the execution of gay people had been posting similar hate-filled sermons since he was ordained in February 2018.

The case raises the question of whether the sheriff's office should have known about Grayson Fritts' sermons to his small Baptist church earlier.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports sheriff's office policy calls for employees to behave "in a responsible, professional, ethical and lawful manner" online, but the department does not monitor their behavior.

Davidson County Sheriff Daron Hall is president of the National Sheriffs' Association. He says even large police agencies don't have the staff to track every employee's behavior online. That means sheriffs and police chiefs often don't learn about a scandal until it hits the news.

Information from: Knoxville News Sentinel, http://www.knoxnews.com

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