Tue. Nov 28th, 2023

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A former Knoxville Post Office employee was arrested last week on charges he raped a teenager in the Knoxville Processing and Distribution Center on Weisgarber Road, federal court documents show.

John Dusty Best has been charged with attempted enticement of a child and aggravated statutory rape. Federal authorities say Best, 71, had a five-month sexual relationship in 2021 that began when the teenager was 16. The teen is only identified in the complaint by his initials.

Best worked as the supervisor for transportation operations at the distribution center. He began at the Post Office in 2006 and retired in August, according to a spokesperson for the Post Office.

Best’s attorney could not be reached for comment.

Best has a preliminary hearing Thursday at the federal courthouse.

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