Daniel Ray Coffey, 243 Clemons Road, Whitesburg, was arraigned in Hawkins County Sessions Court on Aug. 14 on charges including aggravated statutory rape and solicitation of a minor.
The case was investigated by Morristown Police Department Officer Josh Akard, who investigates sex crimes against children as part of a regional task force.
Akard stated in his warrant that on Aug. 8 the MPD received an online tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited children that Coffey allegedly sent private messages on Facebook to a 13-year-old female.
Akard then interviewed the juvenile, who reportedly stated that Coffey sent her messages and arranged to pick her up.
“The juvenile states that they went to a residence near Morristown, watched movies, and then had sex,” Akard stated in his warrant.
Upon being interviewed by Akard, Coffey reportedly stated that he has a Facebook account that was recently taken down. Coffey allegedly confirmed ownership of the suspect Facebook account through email, Akard noted.
The investigation revealed that the sexual relations between Coffey and the juvenile allegedly took place at his residence, which is located in Hawkins County just north of Bulls Gap near the Hamblen County line.
Coffey was released from the Hawkins County Jail on $15,000 bond on the condition he wear a GPS monitor. His preliminary hearing was scheduled for Sept. 25 in Sessions Court.
Aggravated statutory rape is a Class D felony punishable by 2-4 years if convicted.
The solicitation charge is a Class E felony punishable by 1-2 years if convicted.