Three men have been indicted on child rape, conspiracy, and kidnapping charges. The Anderson County Grand Jury indicted the three on March 7.
The three men, all 20 years old, are Brandon James Campbell and Richard Bradley Howe of Oak Ridge, and Jacob Tate, whose address isn’t listed in the indictments. All three have been charged with rape of a child and especially aggravated kidnapping, both Class A felonies, and aggravated sexual battery and conspiracy to commit rape of a child, both Class B felonies.
Campbell and Howe face an additional child rape charge.
The child was younger than 13, according to the indictments. The alleged crimes occurred between February 7 and February 8, 2016, according to the indictments.
The indictments alleged that Campbell picked up the girl from Tate at Shoney’s in Oak Ridge for the “purpose of raping and kidnapping her” to the home of Howe.
Among those who have been involved in investigating the case against Campbell, Howe, and Tate are Oak Ridge Police Department Detective John Criswell; Barry Bunch, Roy Heinz, and David Stephens of the Oak Ridge Police Department; Kristen Jones of Tennessee Department of Children’s Services; and Jason Legg of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.
Campbell, Howe, and Tate have an arraignment scheduled for March 31 in Anderson County Circuit and Criminal Court in Clinton.
Bonds have been set at $100,000 for all three men, according to Anderson County jail records.
Campbell was arrested March 13 and released March 14.
Howe remained in the Anderson County Detention Facility in Clinton on Wednesday morning. He was arrested February 23 on unrelated charges of public intoxication, resisting arrest, evading arrest, and violation of pretrial release.
Like Campbell, Tate was arrested on March 13. Like Howe, Tate also remained jailed on Wednesday morning.
Authorities also made an arrest in another child rape case this month. Jacob Alexander Adkins, 27, of Clinton, was indicted by the Anderson County Grand Jury on two charges of child rape on December 6. He was arrested March 2.
The victim in that case was also younger than 13, according to indictments.
Adkins remained jailed in the Anderson County Detention Facility on Wednesday morning. Adkins pleaded not guilty during a March 13 arraignment, according to court records. His bond has also been set at $100,000, according to jail records.
Among those investigating that case were Danielle Alexander, Dustin Hensley, and Anthony Godwin of the Clinton Police Department.
More information will be added as it becomes available.