published Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

Marion County officials seek known sex offender in child rape case

Marion County authorities are seeking a 34-year-old man in connection with charges of child rape and violation of the Tennessee’s sex offender registry, according to detectives.

Joshua Luke Mitchell, who had been living in Marion County for about two months, is wanted in connection with an incident Sunday involving a 4-year-old girl in the Haletown area of Marion County, said Chief Detective Gene Hargis.

Mitchell is listed on sexual offender’s registries in Alabama, Texas and North Carolina and is described as a white man, 5 foot 7 to 5 foot 10, weighing between 175 and 190 pounds with blue eyes and blond or strawberry-colored hair, authorities said.

Although the most recent mugshot shows Mitchell with no beard, officials said he now could have a “scruffy” beard. He could be trying to make his way to North Carolina, Ohio or Florida, officials said.

Anyone with any information on Mitchell’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Marion County Sheriff’s Office at 423-942-2525.

about Ben Benton...

Ben Benton is a news reporter at the Chattanooga Times Free Press. He covers Southeast Tennessee and previously covered North Georgia education. Ben has worked at the Times Free Press since November 2005, first covering Bledsoe and Sequatchie counties and later adding Marion, Grundy and other counties in the northern and western edges of the region to his coverage. He was born and raised in Cleveland, Tenn., a graduate of Bradley Central High School. Benton ...

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