Don't expect to hear much more from Cookeville police about the details surrounding the arrest of a west Tennessee man on a charge of soliciting a minor over the Internet for sex. In a press release issued Monday, police said, "This is a law-enforcement sensitive investigation involving issues pertaining to the protection of children on the internet. Because of the nature of this on-going investigation, there is no further information at this time."
For the past several weeks, Det. Sgt. Bobby Anderson has been conducting an on-line investigation that involved a police officer posing as a 15 year old girl. The investigation began when 40-year-old James Nelson Wood of Dyersburg, TN initiated contact with who he believed to be a 15 year old girl from Cookeville. As the investigation progressed, Wood made arrangements to travel to Cookeville to meet this girl with the intent to have sex with her. On Friday, September 17, Wood did travel to Cookeville and was immediately arrested by the Cookeville Police Department's ICAC (Internet Crimes Against Children) unit. Wood was taken into custody and booked at the Putnam County Criminal Justice Center on the Class E Felony charge of Solicitation of a Minor with the intent to commit Aggravated Statutory Rape. Bond has been set at $25,000.