Man Arrested for Statutory Rape of a Child; Mother Charged with Child Endangerment

August 27, 2012
by: 
Dwayne Page
Bryan Thomas Thompson
Edna Jeanette Cox
William Anthony Miller
Nelson Pack Redmon
Heather Starr Trapp

A 19 year old man has been arrested for the statutory rape of a 13 year old girl and the child's mother is charged with child endangerment for allowing her daughter to have sex with the man in her home

Sheriff Patrick Ray said the case against Bryan Thomas Thompson and 48 year old Edna Jeanette Cox of Gentry Avenue, Smithville was investigated by criminal detectives of the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department. Thompson is also wanted in Smith County for a similar offense

According to Sheriff Ray, Cox allowed Thompson to move into her home and to stay in the same room with her daughter, knowing that he and the young girl were having sex. She had even advised them to use protection. Sheriff Ray said Cox was also aware that Thompson was wanted in Smith County for possibly having sex with a minor there. The actions of Cox, according to the warrant, placed her 13 year old daughter in danger.

Sheriff Ray said that Thompson has admitted to having engaged in sexual intercourse with the 13 year old girl on several occasions beginning June 30 and knew that it was wrong.

Bond for Cox is $15,000 while Thompson's bond is $36,500. They will be in court on September 13.

Meanwhile, in other cases 35 year old William Anthony Miller of McMinnville Highway, Smithville is charged with public intoxication, resisting arrest, and possession of a handgun while under the influence. His bond totals $4,500 and he will be in court on September 13.

Sheriff Ray said that on Sunday, August 19 the sheriff's department responded to a call of an attempted suicide on Lee Braswell Road. Upon arrival, the deputy found Miller in a field holding a 40 caliber handgun. He had an odor of an alcoholic beverage on his person and his speech was slurred. Miller resisted arrest and the officer took him to the ground. Miller was handcuffed and taken to the jail for booking.

32 year old Nelson Pack Redmon of Forrest Avenue, Smithville was arrested Monday, August 20 on a fugitive from Justice warrant out of Kentucky. His bond is $50,000 and he will be in court on August 30. Redmon is being held in the county jail awaiting extradition back to Kentucky to face a child support warrant.

32 year old Heather Starr Trapp of Short Mountain Highway, Smithville is charged with failure to appear and driving on a suspended license. Her bond totals $4,000 and she will be in court on August 30.

Sheriff Ray said that on Tuesday, August 21 a deputy was patrolling on Highway 56 when he saw a stalled vehicle at the intersection of Highway 56 and Bryant Street. Trapp, who was behind the wheel of the automobile, has an outstanding bench warrant against her for failure to appear in General Sessions Court on charges of driving while her license were suspended, criminal trespassing, and shoplifting. A computer check also showed her license were suspended for failure to satisfy a citation on June 15, 2011. She has a driving on a suspended license case against her pending in court.

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