Local resident charged with promoting prostitution

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Lewisburg Police and officers from five other agencies searched a Cornersville Road apartment Sunday and arrested a man on Rutherford County warrants alleging he's been offering juveniles as prostitutes.

City police issued the following announcement Wednesday afternoon.

On Jan. 16, a search warrant was executed at an apartment at the Northgate Arms Apartments located at 1038 Cornersville Road in Lewisburg.

Participating in the execution of the search warrant were agents and officers from the TBI, Franklin Police, Smyrna Police and the Lewisburg Police Department.

The residence was searched for evidence of prostitution and the promotion of prostitution.

During the execution of the search warrant William Bradley Lee, 26, was found in the residence and arrested for outstanding warrants issued by the Smyrna Police Department.

Lee was charged with multiple counts of Especially Aggravated Sexual Exploitation of a Minor, Aggravated Sexual Exploitation of a Minor, Aggravated Statutory Rape, and Promoting Prostitution.

His bond was set at $1.5 million and he is currently being held at the Rutherford County Sheriff's Department's Detention Facility.

This investigation began when Smyrna Police Detectives learned that Lee had been running an internet based prostitution ring and one of the girls working for him was a 16 year old runaway.

Smyrna Police Detectives conducted an investigation with the assistance of the TBI, Franklin ICAC, Metro SID, the Marshall County Sheriff's Office, and the Lewisburg Police Department.

During the investigation it was determined Lee had other girls working for him in Rutherford, Davidson and Marshall Counties.

This investigation is ongoing and more charges are anticipated, including possible charges in Lewisburg.

The Lewisburg Police Department appreciates the public's continued support and asks that anyone with information relating to this or any other crime please call Crime Stoppers at (931) 359-4867 or the Lewisburg Police Criminal Investigations Division at (931) 359-3800.