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Lafollette man arrested for statutory rape and sexual exploitation of a minor

From The Volunteer Times -

Robert Shane Ward - CCJ

While on a routine patrol Deputy Timothy Powers came upon an SUV sitting in the roadway on Lake Road in Caryville. Deputy Powers noticed that the occupants of the vehicle were unclothed. Deputy Powers asked both subjects to dress and step out to speak with him.


The male subject was identified as 23-year-old Robert Shane Ward, of LaFollette. The female victim and Ward allegedly insisted that she was 18 years of age. According to officers, a phone call was placed to the female's mother. During this phone call deputies say the mother confirmed the victim was a juvenile. During the interview it was alllegedly revealed the pair had came to the location for the purposes of intercourse.


Both the juvenile and the alleged perpetrator were taken to the Campbell County Jail. According to the police report the defendant waived his right to remain silent and his right to have an attorney present. According to police reports it was revealed that the alleged conduct between the man and the juvenile victim was a part of an ongoing series of meetings for sexual contact.


The deputies obtained permission from the mother of the juvenile to search the victim's phone. According to the police report the phone contained a video of a sexual nature. This video has been placed into evidence.


Ward was arrested and charged with six counts of statutory rape and sexual exploitation of a minor.

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