Sunday, September 19, 2010

Alleged Sexual Predator Caught In Cookeville

A coordinated effort by the Cookeville police department and its Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force has led to the arrest of a Tennessee man on charges of soliciting sex from a minor. Police claim 40-year-old James Nelson Wood drove here from Dyersburg last Friday to have a sexual encounter with what he believed was a 15-year-old girl. He was, in fact, talking online to an undercover police officer and was arrested when he showed up in town. The official charge against Wood is solicitation of a minor for the purpose of committing aggravated statutory rape. That's a Class E felony. Police say the local task force works with agencies across the state and across the country to keep children safe from sexual predators online. The bond for Wood was set at $25,000.