Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputy Charged with Official Misconduct, Obstructing Justice and Unlawful Sale of Firearms



June 9, 2011


Pulas­ki Coun­ty Sheriff’s Deputy Charged with Offi­cial Misconduct,

Obstruct­ing Jus­tice and Unlaw­ful Sale of Firearms


Union Coun­ty State’s Attor­ney Tyler R. Edmonds, act­ing as Spe­cial Pros­e­cu­tor in Pulas­ki Coun­ty, announced today that twen­ty (20) felony counts have been filed against Tara M. Kern, a Pulas­ki Coun­ty Sheriff’s Deputy, for alleged­ly pro­vid­ing firearms to a con­vict­ed felon.  Kern (DOB 05-22-1973) of 301 Dako­ta Road in Vil­la Ridge is charged with two (2) counts of Offi­cial Mis­con­duct, both Class 3 Felonies, six­teen (16) counts of Unlaw­ful Sale of Firearms, all Class 3 Felonies, and two (2) counts of Obstruct­ing Jus­tice, both Class 4 Felonies.  Kern is alleged to have pro­vid­ed firearms to her hus­band, William A. Kern, a con­vict­ed felon, dur­ing the years 2010 and 2011, includ­ing weapons obtained by her in her offi­cial capac­i­ty as a Pulas­ki Coun­ty Sheriff’s Deputy.  Tara Kern is also alleged to have made false state­ments to police and con­cealed evi­dence dur­ing the course of the investigation.


Tara Kern was arrest­ed on the June 9 as part of an ongo­ing inves­ti­ga­tion con­duct­ed by the Bureau of Alco­hol, Tobac­co, Firearms and Explo­sives (ATF), the Illi­nois State Police, and the Union Coun­ty Sheriff’s Office, all oper­at­ing under the FASTEN Task Force (Fed­er­al and State Traf­fick­ing Enforce­ment Net­work).  Kern is cur­rent­ly being held at the Jack­son Coun­ty Jail in Mur­phys­boro on $50,000 bond.


The Union Coun­ty State’s Attorney’s Office reminds the pub­lic that charges are not evi­dence of guilt.  A defen­dant is pre­sumed inno­cent and is enti­tled to a fair tri­al in which the gov­ern­ment has the bur­den of prov­ing guilt beyond a rea­son­able doubt.

Media: Please con­tact the Union Coun­ty Sheriff’s Office at (618) 833‑5500 for any avail­able book­ing photographs.