Man helping juveniles run away from home arrested in social media sexual exploitation sting

Man helping juveniles run away from home arrested in social media sexual exploitation sting

December 3rd, 2018 by Rosana Hughes in Breaking News

Raymond Lee Frederick

Raymond Lee Frederick

Photo by Contributed Photo /Times Free Press.

While investigating juvenile runaway cases, Meigs County sheriff's deputies uncovered evidence that a man was helping them run away.

Detective Andrew Howard and deputy Kevin Eschette began investigating the case on Nov. 27. The juveniles have since been found and returned home safely.

But over the course of the investigation, Howard discovered that 25-year-old Raymond Frederick, of Bradley County, helped the juveniles runaway.

Meigs County detectives, in partnership with other agencies, started a social media sting operation.

Frederick agreed to meet someone whom he believed to be a juvenile in Decatur, Tennessee, to have sex. 

He arrived at the location around 12:30 a.m. where he was taken into custody without incident. 

Frederick is charged with five counts of exploitation of a minor by electronic means, one count of especially aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor and one count of sexual exploitation.

He is being held in the Meigs County Jail on a $360,000 bond.