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CRIME BRIEFS: Man suspected of raping children

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An investigation continues into whether a 38-year-old Murfreesboro man who allegedly admitted to raping a 4-year-old girl may have had inappropriate contact with multiple children during a decade-long period.

Jason Burns, of West College Street, was arrested Oct. 4 and has been charged with one count of child rape following a three-month investigation by detectives with the Murfreesboro Police Department.

According to a Police Department arrest report, detectives are concerned that there could be more victims dating back to the early-2000s, a time frame largely based on statements he made during an interview regarding the girl.

Burns, who is originally from Georgia, has since been booked into the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center, where he is being held without bond.

He is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing in the case Tuesday, Oct. 30, in Rutherford County General Sessions Court.

Police are advising any parents who are concerned their child may have been victimized to call the Criminal Investigations Division at 615-893-2717.

Anyone else with information about this case should call Crime Stoppers at 615-893-7867.

Women accused of prostitution

Two women were arrested on prostitution-related charges Sunday morning after police received an anonymous tip alleging the pair was engaged in the illegal activity at a Best Western in Murfreesboro.

Eighteen-year-old Tierace L. Malone, who is homeless, and 26-year-old Brittney L. Hooper, of Hermitage, are accused of renting three rooms at the Best Western, located in the 100 block of Chaffin Place, to meet male clients, according to Murfreesboro Police Department arrest reports.

The pair allegedly advertised sexual services, as well as the price for various types of acts, on Backpage.com, a website that offers free classified listings.

Hooper and Malone have each been charged with one count of promoting prostitution in connection with the case.

Malone has also been charged with simple possession of marijuana and interfering with a police officer during an investigation. The latter charge was filed because Malone allegedly tried to prevent police from viewing sexually explicit text messages on one of the three cellphones the women were using for the business.

Hooper was booked into the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center and held on a $5,500 bond, while Malone’s bail was set at $7,000 due to the additional charges.

Both women are scheduled to appear for preliminary hearings in the case next month in Rutherford County General Sessions Court.

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