The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation arrested J. C. Meeks, 66, after an investigation that began Aug. 18 on the request of 16th District Attorney General Jennings Jones.
Meeks was indicted on 13 counts related to sexual battery and rape, as well as one drug-related charge.
“TBI agents began investigating allegations of sex abuse of a juvenile victim in Rutherford County,” TBI spokesperson Susan Niland said in an emailed statement. “During the course of the investigation, agents developed information that J. C. Meeks, a friend of the family, was responsible for the sexual assault of the juvenile multiple times between 2012 and 2016.”
He faces two counts of aggravated sexual battery, two counts of rape of a child, five counts of statutory rape by an authority figure, one count of aggravated rape, one count of sexual battery by an authority figure, two counts of aggravated assault and one count of casual exchange of Schedule II to a minor, the TBI reported.
Meeks was booked into the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center Friday on a $200,000 bond.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – (9/8/17) Tom Larson, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Brattleboro, Vt., man has been sentenced in federal court for the aggravated sexual abuse of a 6-year-old child at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.
Paul Kickery, Sr., 68, of Brattleboro, formerly of Fort Leonard Wood, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017, to 30 years and four months in federal prison without parole.
On Jan. 26, 2017, Kickery pleaded guilty to the aggravated sexual abuse of a child.
According to court documents, the victim reported that she had been sexually assaulted by Kickery multiple times over the course of approximately a year. During the time of the sexual assaults, between July 1, 2013, and July 31, 2014, both Kickery and the then-6-year-old victim were residing on the U.S. Army Military Base at Fort Leonard Wood.
When interviewed by law enforcement, Kickery admitted to sexually abusing the victim. Kickery also admitted to molesting a 15-year-old child while he lived in Vermont, and to viewing child pornography on the Internet, mainly of children between the ages of 10 and 15.