Rockford man accused of sexually assaulting 13-year-old

BLOUNT COUNTY, Tenn. (APD) - A Rockford man has been charged after Alcoa police say he sexually assaulted a 13-year-old girl.

Cory Taylor Bell, 25, Williams Mill Road, Rockford, was arrested by Alcoa police officers on Tuesday.

Officers say he gave the teen alcohol behind a grocery store and then led her into the woods where he sexually assaulted her.

Investigators say two 13-year-old girl were skating behind an Alcoa grocery store and were approached by Bell, who had just bought alcohol. One of the teens ran off, and was picked up by her mother who was searching for her in the area.

The female that fled told her mother about the adult male who was with her friend, and they contacted the other female’s father, who lives in Blount County. The Blount County Sheriff’s Office responded, and went to look for the missing girl behind the grocery store, where she was found intoxicated in the woods with a man. Officers reported that she was partially undressed when she emerged from the woods. The man, later identified as Bell, fled when the deputy approached.

The 13-year-old girl was initially taken to the hospital and later interviewed and treated at the New Hope Blount County Children’s Advocacy Center.

Bell is charged with aggravated statutory rape and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

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