Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Internet Crime Task Force Snares Another
The Internet Crimes Against Children task force, which operates within the Cookeville Police Department, has now played a part in the arrest of another suspect for allegedly soliciting sex from a minor. Police say they worked with authorities in White and Coffee counties to gather evidence against 26-year-old Terry Lynn Edwards of Manchester. Edwards had allegedly sent a sexually explicit text message to a nine-year-old in Sparta -- one of hundreds that he reportedly sent out to random numbers. When the child's parents notified authorities, they set up an undercover operation in which an officer pretended to be a minor and they claim Edwards later sent a message soliciting sex from the person he thought was a minor. He'll be in court on the charge Friday.