Police allege couple planned to have sex with Ky. teen
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -
Metro police arrested an east Tennessee couple Wednesday in Nashville after they picked up a Kentucky teen they'd met online and allegedly planned to have sex with.
According to police affidavits, Michael McCarrell, 46, and Amanda McCarrell, 27, picked up the teen from her home in Glasgow, Kentucky and were on their way back to east Tennessee when they were stopped on Murfreesboro Road for failing to use a turn signal.
The arresting officer became suspicious when the couple didn't know the name of the juvenile girl in the car with them.
They eventually told police they'd met the girl on Facebook but later changed their story and said they'd met her on the Web site Flirtomatic.com.
A search of Michael McCarrell's cell phone yielded inappropriate pictures of the girl and text message exchanges about having sex with the girl.
Michael McCarrell said the text messages were between the girl and his wife and that his wife was planning to have sex with her.
He added that he thought the girl was 18 and only realized she was 17 after they had gotten on the interstate in Kentucky.
According to an affidavit, McCarrell told the officer, "I should have turned around but we were already on the interstate."
In addition, on the juvenile's phone, police found pictures of "male genitalia" along with inappropriate statements allegedly sent from Michael McCarrell's phone.
Michael and Amanda McCarrell were each charged with sexual exploitation of a minor and contributing to the delinquency of a minor and booked into the Metro jail.
Michael McCarrell was additionally charged with two counts of driving on a revoked or suspended license.
Metro police contacted the teen's father who told officers he didn't know the McCarrells and was unaware his daughter had left the state.