Derrick Dalton Goins, 20
ROGERSVILLE — A 20-year-old Hawkins County man is facing charges including contributing to the delinquency of a minor after an early morning traffic stop Saturday revealed him to have three 13-year-old girls in his vehicle whom he allegedly met on Facebook.
Shortly before 3 a.m. Saturday, HCSO Sgt. Mike Allen stopped a 1988 Honda Civic on Route 66-S just north of Bulls Gap on a loud muffler violation.
The driver, Derrick Dalton Goins, 20, 1177 McKinney Chapel Road, Rogersville, opened his driver’s side door as Allen approached, and reportedly openly admitted that Allen would be giving him a ticket for registration violation and no insurance.
Allen stated in his report that he observed three “young girls” in the vehicle.
Upon being asked for their identification, the girls each told Allen they were 13 years old.
“Mr. Goins advised that they were related to him on his father’s side of the family,” Allen stated in his report. “One of the females told officers that they only knew him from Facebook, and that he had come to her house and picked the three of them up to take them to another 20-year-old’s house in Bulls Gap.”
Allen added, “Mr. Goins was then advised of his Miranda warning, and he advised that he wanted to speak to an attorney.”
The three girls were returned to their parents.
Goins was charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor, violation of the muffler law, no insurance, and violation of insurance.
HCSO Chief Deputy Tony Allen said told the Times-News Monday that subsequent investigation revealed that Goins was taking the girls to a party. He said the incident should serve as a cautionary tale to parents about who their children are communicating with on computer websites such as Facebook.
“I guess the loud muffler was the savior of the day,” Allen said. “If Sgt. Allen hadn’t intervened, this situation could have gotten really bad really quick. Parents need to keep an eye on what their children are doing with a computer, especially on websites like Facebook.”
Goins was released on $5,750 bond and arraigned Monday in Hawkins County General Sessions Court. A trial date was set for Feb. 5.