Man arrested when found with missing teenager

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

KNOX COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - A missing Knox County teen is found, and now the man deputies say she was with is in jail.

44-year-old Jerry Luke of Gray is charged with unlawful transaction with a minor and custodial interference.

The teenage girl's name is not released.

Knox County Sheriff's Deputies say the juvenile teenage girl went missing last week. Deputies say more than 24 hours later, they found her in a car in a parking lot with Luke. Deputies say evidence in the truck led them to believe the teen was in danger with him.

"We executed a search warrant on the residence and found a multitude of pornographic magazines, leg shackles, and so forth to give indicators on other things he might have plans on," said Knox County Sheriff's Deputy Claude Hudson.

Deputies say the teenager was not injured and returned to her parents.

Deputies say it appears the teenager went willingly with Luke, but say Luke broke the law taking her away from her parents.

"Didn't look like a safe environment, the house didn't look like a safe environment. Having a juvenile run from her mom and dad isn't lawful in any way," said Deputy Hudson.

Deputies also seized computers in his house and sent them to the KSP crime lab in Frankfort for analysis.

Luke turned down our request for a jailhouse interview.

Luke's bond is ten thousand dollars.

Deputies say he had a clean record until this arrest.

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