A former University of Tennessee employee charged in alleged human trafficking in China

A former human resources director for the University of Memphis has been charged with human trafficking, according to the U.S. attorney’s office in Tennessee.

Mark Kephart, 42, of Clarksville, is accused of forcing his way into a house in the city of Kephas, Tennessee, and forcibly transferring a woman and her child into a separate room.

Authorities said he used a chainsaw and a metal pole to beat and beat the woman and the child until they were unconscious.

The child was eventually rescued.

The woman was found unconscious in a bathroom.

A search of the home turned up a small amount of methamphetamine, a weapon, and other items that authorities say were intended to be used in the trafficking, which is not illegal.

A search of Komphart’s home turned out to be a sham, authorities said.

He is currently being held without bail.