Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Alleged Sex Offender Arrested After Internet Sting

Cookeville police continue to use undercover officers to find adults who use the Internet to find underage sex partners.  A Cookeville man was charged this month with solicitation of a minor after one such investigation.  Authorities say 24-year-old Jason Rayburn Shepherd of Byrne Avenue was arrested after he allegedly arranged a meeting with someone he believed to be a 15-year-old girl. That "girl" was, in fact, an undercover police officer and Shepherd was taken into custody after he showed up at a parking lot on Willow Avenue to allegedly follow through on plans to have sex with the girl. He is also accused of sending sexually explicit photographs to that individual that he believed to be a minor. He'll be in court on the charges November 29th.