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More than 100 people were indicted by the Tipton County Grand Jury earlier this month, sex crimes against minors and drug charges among the majority of charges. 

The cumulative counts of sex crimes this term totaled more than 100 and District Attorney General Mike Dunavant said the increase isn’t necessarily attributed to an increase in alleged criminal activity. 

“Unfortunately, there are new and numerous ways for offenders to target and sexually victimize children, from rape of a child, to statutory rape by an authority figure, to sexual exploitation of a minor by electronic means, to possession and production of child pornography,” he said. “These cases are a result of a heightened awareness and reporting by the public and other professionals; an active child advocacy center that provides protective services to victimized children; new law enforcement techniques in the investigation of these difficult and sensitive cases; and aggressive and dedicated prosecution to hold the offenders accountable.”

In a 44-count indictment, Timothy Alan White, of Murphy Lane in Burlison, was charged with 11 counts each of rape, statutory rape by an authority figure, aggravated statutory rape and furnishing alcohol to a minor. The affidavit filed in court alleges on several occasions the 46-year-old had sexual contact with a 14-year-old after giving her cigarettes and alcohol while in his care.

Further, the affidavit stated the 14-year-old was possibly pregnant with White being named a possible father. 

Divorced, White is already the father of two. He is currently free on a $75,000 bond and is due back in court on Aug. 21.

Others arrested include:

David Bruce Dickey, 32, of Juana Drive in Millington, was charged with nine counts of aggravated statutory rape, nine counts of statutory rape by an authority figure and one count of sexual contact with a minor by an authority figure. An Air Force veteran and divorced father of two, he was arrested by the Brighton Police Department on March 6 and released on the following day on a $35,000 bond. He is due back in court on July 30. 

In two different cases, Timothy William Grove, 21, of Ray Lane in Covington, was indicted on 27 total charges, including statutory rape, sexual exploitation of a minor and soliciting the sexual exploitation of a minor. The charges are related to the March 2013 discovery of a missing 15-year-old, reportedly his former girlfriend, at his home. The affidavit states the minor told deputies she and Grove had been sexually active in the past and she had also sent Grove nude photos. Grove is currently out on a $40,000 bond and is due in court on July 29.

Trevor Andreas Jones, 19, of Towering Heights Road in Drummonds, was indicted on charges he molested a five-year-old on a school bus from Drummonds Elementary in November 2013. According to the affidavit, the five-year-old victim informed a parent of the incident after arriving home and Jones confessed to investigators before being arrested. He was indicted for aggravated sexual battery and is due back in court on Aug. 6. 

James Anthony Tipton Jr., of Howard Street in Covington, was indicted on charges of aggravated burglary and sexual battery. The affidavit filed alleges Tipton entered through the window of a home where a 17-year-old was sleeping and touched her inappropriately. He is due back in court on Aug. 20.

John David Walls, 34, was charged with five counts of rape of a child, accused of having sexual contact with a minor who, at the time of the alleged incidents, was 11 years old. Bond in this case was set at $50,000. He is due back in court on Aug. 27. 

Clyde Cody Waxler, of Akins Store Road in Munford, was indicted for statutory rape. The affidavit of complaint alleges in August 2012, Waxler, who was 29 at the time, fathered a child with a then-17-year-old. He is due back in court on Aug. 21. 

Michael Joseph Dean of Bartlett was indicted for especially aggravated burglary, attempted first-degree murder and aggravated assault by strangulation. In October, Dean allegedly broke into the home of his estranged wife and attempted to strangle her with a brown leather belt. She was found by police unconscious on the floor of her home with the belt tied around her neck and her arm twisted behind her back. Dean also allegedly punched his estranged wife in the face, forced pills down her throat and cut her hair while threatening to kill her. He is currently in the Tipton County Correctional Facility and is due back in court on July 22. 

Kevin McQuiese Somerville of Ripley is accused of two counts of attempted second-degree murder, vandalism and employing a firearm during an attempted to commit a dangerous felony. In July 2013, Somerville allegedly shot at a vehicle driving by him on Peeler Avenue. Bond in this case was set at $35,000. He is due back in court on Aug. 20. 

Elizabeth Ann Boyd, 44, of Loon Lane in Covington has been indicted for hindering secured creditors and setting fire to personal property, stemming from a June 22, 2013 vehicle fire at her home. Boyd is accused of setting a 2012 Black Ford F150, which had been used as collateral for a $2,500 loan from Cash and Dash, on fire in her driveway to avoid it being repossessed. She is due back in court on July 16.

In five separate cases, Patricia Barnett was charged with a collective six counts of delivery of schedule II drugs, two counts of delivery of schedule II drugs in a school zone and one count of delivery of schedule III drugs to narcotics investigators. 

In regards to the dozens of drug charges this term, Dunavant said, “We are noticing a shift in the nature of illegal sales and possession of narcotics in Tipton County. While meth, cocaine, and marijuana are still present, there has been a recent dramatic increase and proliferation in the illegal obtaining and sale of prescription narcotics, such as oxycodone, OxyContin, hydrocodone, morphine, and alprazolam (Xanax). 

“As a result, there has been an increase in other related crimes, such as obtaining controlled substances by fraud or forged prescription, doctor shopping, TennCare fraud, and pharmacy burglaries. Therefore, the increased indictments this term for those types of offenses is a result of aggressive and innovative investigation and interdiction by law enforcement, as well as effective prosecution by the State. This is reflected by the number of counts and indictments, as well as the pursuit of enhanced sentencing for possession and sale of narcotics within a drug free school zone.” 

The next term of the Tipton County Grand Jury meets on July 7.



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