Sex assault suspect claims blackmail by preteen


ROGERSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A Hawkins County man charged with
aggravated sexual battery told police a 12-year-old girl
blackmailed him into having sex with her.
Deputies arrested 41-year-old Jesse James Warwick, of
Rogersville, on Tuesday.
The Kingsport Times-News quotes the arrest warrant stating that
on Jan. 29 a mother informed police her daughter had told her she
had been sexually abused by Warwick sometime between her 12th and
13th birthdays.
According to the warrant, in a subsequent interview with
deputies Warwick claimed "the victim had blackmailed him to do
stuff to her he did not want to do."
Warwick is scheduled for arraignment in Hawkins County Sessions
Court on March 10.