Local guardsman allegedly stalked Bedford teenager

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

SHELBYVILLE -- A member of the National Guard who faces charges in Bedford County won't be going to Iraq with the rest of his unit, a judge ruled Thursday.

Andy Lynn Wallace, 35, of Nashville Highway, Lewisburg, was indicted last month by the Bedford County grand jury on charges of soliciting and stalking a minor by sending inappropriate requests by text messages to a 16-year-old girl.

Assistant District Attorney Mike Randles told Circuit Court Judge Lee Russell on Thursday that he was contacted by a National Guard judge advocate general about Wallace's case since the 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment was leaving for two months of training in Texas on Friday before being deployed for service in Iraq.

Wallace's Shelbyville-based attorney, John Norton, objected to rulings that would limit his client from doing his job with the Guard.

Russell ordered Wallace not to travel outside of Tennessee, except to Camp Shelby in Mississippi for temporary training as necessary. The prosecutor said he was told Wallace's job with the Guard involved computers.

The judge's order prevents Wallace from being deployed overseas or anywhere outside of Tennessee, Randles said.

Also, Russell set Jan. 7 as the last day Wallace will be able to determine what happens in his case. On that day, Wallace will either enter a plea that's satisfactory to the prosecutor's office, or his case will be set for trial.

Wallace was released on $32,000 bond. He's to appear in court on Dec. 18, when Norton is scheduled to file motions in his case.