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Accused Child Rapist Makes Bond, Hits The Road

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Macon County Sheriff Mark Gammons Macon County Sheriff Mark Gammons

by Nick Beres

MACON COUNTY, Tenn. - An accused child rapist is free and the Macon county sheriff worries about what will happen next.

"This is very sickening to me," said sheriff Mark Gammons as he flipped through the criminal file of James Rhody, Jr.

Detectives arrested the 53-year-old last month charging him with three counts of rape of a child. Since then, they said at least eight other potential victims have come forward and not just here in Tennessee.

"He's an over the road trucker. He can be gone for months and travels all over the United States," said Chief Deputy Bryan Satterfield.  He's now working with authorities in two other states.  Since Rhody's arrest new leads have produced possible victims in Ohio and Missouri.

The Sheriff feels Rhody's job as a truck driver provides unique opportunities.

"Who knows what truck stops or business stops he makes on his route. He could be in contact with children," said Gammons. The sheriff said he is upset that Rhody was able to make bond and return to the road.

"I don't know who set this bond, but I feel it was set entirely too low for the circumstances," said Gammons.

Detectives have now sent out Rhody's current mugshot and an old driver's license photo to authorities in other states. Rhody has not been charged with any additional crimes.

Rhody's attorney declined to go into detail, but did say that Rhody is always on the road with his wife.  She is not charged with any crime and will say that her husband is innocent.

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