Man arrested for alleged sexual offenses

Published 11:39 am Monday, April 9, 2018

A man who works for the Bell County School System was arrested Monday in connection with alleged sexual offenses.

Kentucky State Police arrested Jordan Turner, 30, of Middlesboro, charging him with prohibited use of an electronic system to procure a minor in regard to sexual offenses. He is lodged in the Bell County Detention Center without bond until his pre-trial date.

The Big One 106.3 FM WRIL spoke to Bell County Superintendent Yvonne Gilliam and she informed them that Turner was an employee of the school system at the time the allegations were made, and that he is still employed pending the outcome of the investigation. Gilliam also stated she has spoken with school personnel informing them of the allegations and that they are to stay aware of any incoming allegations and to report them to her.

In other police news, the Kentucky State Police have been seeking information regarding two traffic stops in Middlesboro.

According to an official press release, on April 8, KSP began conducting an investigation in Bell County in which an individual was pulled over by two unmarked vehicles less than one mile apart on U.S. 25E. This occurred near the Bell County Veterinarian Clinic and the Imperial Bait Shop in Middlesboro. Trooper Don Perry initiated an investigation.

The press release states that preliminary investigation indicates a female was traveling on U.S. 25E when an unmarked green SUV pulled her over. A male wearing a red Carhartt jacket with a badge around his neck allegedly approached the vehicle and stated that she was speeding but never asked for any paper work. The male then advised her to slow down and let her go. The victim stated that less than one mile later she was stopped again by a navy blue SUV. This time a male individual allegedly approached the vehicle and asked for her license. This unknown person wasn’t wearing a badge anywhere visible. He began screaming at her and hitting her window. The victim stated she was calling state police and this individual ran back to his vehicle and left.

Kentucky State Police have extra patrol in the area and are asking the public for assistance in this case.

On April 8, KSP Post 10 located an individual allegedly involved in this incident. KSP Trooper George Howard located and interviewed Constable Jeffrey Bowling from Middlesboro. Bowling stated he made a traffic stop on the alleged victim. Bowling is an elected official in Bell County and receives the authority to equip his vehicle with blue lights from the Bell County Fiscal Court. As of press time KSP is continuing this investigation.