TBI arrests teen charged with sexual exploitation of a minor

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has arrested a Belfast man "on numerous charges after it was determined he was exploiting a minor," the Bureau reported Monday.

William T. Cobb, 19, of Fayetteville Highway, allegedly used text messages and photos transmitted by cell phone, the TBI said in a prepared release, noting he was booked into the Marshall County Jail and released on a $12,000 bond.

"Authorities believe there may be other victims and urge them to come forward," TBI spokeswoman Kristin Helm said.

Marshall County Sessions Court records show that Cobb was arrested Friday night and charged with one count of exploitation of a minor by electronic means, one count of solicitation of a minor and one count of extortion. The solicitation is alleged to have occurred on July 4. The other crimes are alleged on Jan. 1.

The girl, identified only by her initials in the warrant, was 12 during the Jan. 1 incidents and 13 when Cobb allegedly solicited sex from her, according to the arrest warrants. The warrants say Cobb knew the girl was so young.

He's scheduled to face Sessions Court Judge Steve Bowden on Aug. 11.

It's alleged that Cobb was transmitting "inappropriate sexual messages," the Bureau reported as it described his alleged crimes, all of which were said to have occurred in Marshall County.