The Rutherford County Sheriffs Office reports that this past Friday, one suspect was charged with sex trafficking of a 14-year-old runaway. This happened outside a Smyrna hotel.
66 year old Clifford Hawkins of Raspberry Lane in Smyrna was charged additionally with attempted rape, sexual battery and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, said arresting Detective Andre'a Knox.
The girl ran away from home and was reported missing May 21, 2019.
Detective Knox said, "Hawkins met her at Walmart in Smyrna and allegedly transported her three times to different locations in Rutherford Coun
He allegedly took her to the hotel where a resident called police. Police responded and took the girl into custody. She was evaluated at St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital and returned home.
Hawkins was still in the parking lot waiting for her to return to the car. He was brought to the Sheriff's Office for questioning where he was later arrested.
Clifford Hawkins is being held on $33,000 bond at Rutherford County Adult Detention Center. A hearing is pending in General Sessions Court. The case remains under investigation by Detective Knox.