A 27-year old Murfreesboro man who told police he is employed as a social worker at a treatment center in Murfreesboro called Cedar Grove, has been arrested on "Aggravated Solicitation of Statutory Rape" charges. Cedar Grove is a treatment center that serves sexually reactive and sexually abusive males between the ages of 10 and 18 who have behavioral and mental health issues, according to their website.
Brandon Michael Sopko was arrested by the Murfreesboro Police Department with the assistance of the TBI. Special Agent T. Campbell had probable cause to arrest Sopko, according to the Murfreesboro Police Arrest report filed on Thursday morning.
Prior to Sopko being transported to jail, authorities seized his cell phone.
Sopko will appear in court this September. He was able to make bond just a couple of hours after being booked on Thursday morning (8/20/15).
Press Release from the TBI:
An investigation by Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has resulted in the arrest of a Rutherford County man charged with solicitation of a minor.
On August 14th, while working in an undercover capacity, TBI Agents responded to an advertisement on a social media website posted by an individual indicating he was looking for a teen-aged girl for the purpose of sex. During the course of the investigation, an Agent, posing as a minor female, communicated with this individual and the two arranged to meet early Thursday morning in a Murfreesboro parking lot for the purpose of sex. Agents identified the man who communicated through the ads and responded to the meeting location as 27-year-old Brandon Michael Sopko of Murfreesboro.
This morning, Brandon Sopko was arrested by TBI Agents and taken into custody. He was charged with one count of Solicitation of a Minor by Electronic Means. He was booked into the Rutherford County jail on a $7,000 bond.
MPD Arrest Report #15-16770