Wanted fugitive out of Tennessee spotted in Whitley County

By: Jerrika Insco Email
By: Jerrika Insco Email

CORBIN, Ky. (WKYT) - Corbin Police are actively searching for a man they say is a fugitive out of Tennessee.

They say Stephen Eugene Beck, 40, is wanted for 16 counts of rape and 10 counts of exploitation with a minor. Corbin Police posted on their Facebook page they've received calls that a man matching Beck's description has been seen around Baptist Health, which is in the southern part of the town near I-75. Police say he was possibly trying to get medical attention under the name 'Jeremy Clark.' But he was released from the hospital before police arrived.

They say he was last seen driving a blue 2005 Chevy Silverado with the Tennessee license plate number of 0260AL. We are told Beck has a tattoo on his left shoulder of a heart with the name 'April' across it. He stands at 5'11", weighs 240 pounds, and has hazel eyes and brown hair. We've attached his picture to this story.

Now Corbin police and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation need your help in catching this fugitive.

"We have went around and searched the local areas and the hotels. We have one in town that thinks they saw him two days ago, but he's not there anymore," said Major Rob Jones, with the Corbin Police Department. "We're actively searching for the guy. If anybody could get on our Facebook and give us a tip or anything of that nature, it would probably help."

Corbin Police cannot say for sure if Beck is in Corbin, but that doesn't mean parents aren't worried.

"Automatically as a parent, you immediately want to go to your children and make sure they're safe, especially when you hear that someone that has done these things has been seen nearby where they are," said Marsee Huffman, a concerned parent living in Corbin.

Police tell us Beck did not show up for court on July 25, 2011 in Tennessee, and they've been looking for him ever since. We are told the crimes most likely happened in 2010. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to his arrest. Anyone with information is asked to call the Corbin Police Department at (606) 528-1122.

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