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Hawkins man indicted on two counts of rape of a child

Jeff Bobo • Oct 28, 2019 at 9:30 PM

ROGERSVILLE — A Hawkins County man accused of raping a 12-year-old girl in 2017 was arrested Friday afternoon on a Hawkins County grand jury sealed indictment warrant.

As of Monday, Michael Jeremiah Franklin, 22, of Rogersville, was being held in the Hawkins County Jail without bond pending arraignment in Criminal Court on Dec. 13.

Franklin was named in an Oct. 1 Hawkins County grand jury sealed indictment charging him with two counts of rape of a child and one count of aggravated sexual battery. He was arrested Friday on that warrant at a residence in Morristown.

All three counts pertain to the same 12-year-old victim and are alleged to have occurred in December 2017.

The first rape charge pertains to crimes alleged to have occurred Dec. 20 through Dec. 25, 2017; and the second rape charge pertains to crimes alleged to have occurred Dec. 25 through Dec. 26, 2017.

Rape of a child is a Class A felony punishable by 15-25 years if found guilty.

Other sealed indictment warrants served recently in Hawkins County include:

Kenyah Dequell Boyd-Cook, 31, 732 French Mill Road, Dandridge, for two counts of delivery of Schedule II narcotics within 1,000 feet of a child care agency.

Robert Alan Raynor, 48, 11295 Lonesome Pine Trail, Bulls Gap, for introduction of contraband (meth) into a penal facility.

Michael Shane Lowe, 39, 103 Choctaw Lane, Rogersville, for aggravated burglary and theft over $2,500.

Travis Scott Gilliam, 32, 266 Fork Branch Road, Rogersville, for two counts of violation of sex offender registry and violation of community supervision for life.

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