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Knox County Man Arrested for Rape of a Child

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

A Knox County man charged with raping a child was arrested this morning after a Knox County Grand Jury handed down a presentment. 28-year-old Justin Herron was taken into custody without incident. With the assistance of the Smoky Mountains Fugitive Task Force, the Blount County Sheriff’s Office located and arrested Herron around 9:30 a.m. in Blount County.

The presentment was preceded by an investigation by the Knox County Sheriff’s Office Family Crisis Unit. Herron is charged with rape of a child, aggravated sexual battery, and indecent exposure.  He is being held in the Roger D. Wilson Detention Facility on a $250,000 bond.

The KCSO Family Crisis Unit investigates cases involving domestic violence, child abuse, elder abuse, animal abuse, and cyber investigations. The unit may be reached at (865) 215-6820 from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. After 4:30 p.m. and on weekends, please call (865) 215-2243 for assistance.

 

 

Possible Inmate Suicide Monday at Detention Facility

Friday, 19 August 2016

The Major Crimes Unit and the Office of Professional Standards are investigating what appears to be a suicide of an inmate at the Roger D. Wilson Detention Facility.  The incident happened Monday, August 15.  Ryan Bolton, 43, who was about to be released from jail on a public intoxication charge, was found hanged in his cell.  According to records, he was talking to a corrections guard at 10:22 a.m. and 30 minutes later was found during a cell check.   Officers did CPR until emergency personnel arrived.  He was transported to U.T. Medical Center and pronounced dead at 11:35.

He was brought in to the Detention Facility on August 13 and showed no signs of depression or indications he would harm himself.  He didn’t leave a note. 

This is the first suicide reported at the facility this year.  Approximately 15,000 inmates have been booked into the facility since the first of the year.

 

 

KCSO Vice Unit Arrests Nine in Prostitution Sting

Friday, 19 August 2016

The Knox County Sheriff’s Office Vice Unit arrested seven men and two women during an undercover operation at a West Knoxville hotel on Thursday.

48-year-old Richard Gilberto O’Neil of Knoxville was arrested and charged with patronizing prostitution and resisting arrest.

55-year-old James Joseph Seidler of Clark Range, Tennessee was arrested and charged with patronizing prostitution.

41-year-oldJames Roy Brown of Greenback, Tennessee was arrested and charged with patronizing prostitution.

25-year-old Omar Garcia Rodriguez of Loudon, Tennessee was arrested and charged with patronizing prostitution.

41-year-old  Michael Shane Grace of Oliver Springs, Tennessee  was arrested and charged with patronizing prostitution.

43-year-old  Alberto Parra of Knoxville was arrested and charged with patronizing prostitution.

45-year-old Jose Armando Aron-Matute of Knoxville was arrested and charged with patronizing prostitution.

19-year-old Katelen Elisabeth Shepherd of Louisville, Tennessee was arrested and charged with prostitution.

25-year-old Monica Upton of Knoxville was arrested and charged with driving without a license. She has a criminal history in Knox County that includes prostitution, impersonation of a licensed professional, theft, and burglary

 


Seidler Brown Rodriguez

 

Grace Parra O'Neil

 

Aron-Matute Shepherd Upton

 

 

NO SEX TRAFFICKING SCHEME IN THE HALLS WALMART PARKING LOT!

Friday, 19 August 2016

Contrary to a report on WVLT-TV and its Facebook page, the Knox County Sheriff’s Office never said that we had several reports of suspicious people following or confronting women at the Halls’ Wal-Mart and that it could be part of a sex trafficking scheme.  After seeing the report on WVLT, detectives with KCSO pulled the video and audio tapes from the officers who had responded to an assault call at the Wal-Mart, which involved an aggressive pan handler.  The tapes revealed that at no time did any officer say anything involving a sex trafficking ring.   I (Martha Dooley, Director of Media Relations) called WVLT Friday morning and requested changes be made on their website and Facebook.  We ask that in the future they contact KCSO for any attribution involving the Sheriff’s Office.

 

 

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