The Kansas woman accused of having sex with a teenage runaway outside of a Wal-Mart in Murfreesboro is scheduled to appear Thursday at 9 a.m. in General Sessions Court.
Kristina Bluma, 29, has been held without bond since Feb. 29 at the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center, after being charged with aggravated statutory rape and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
“I was assigned this case involving allegations of child sex abuse,” reported Detective Tommy Roberts in a Murfreesboro Police Department arrest report.
Roberts reported the investigation revealed a 14-year-old girl had run away with Bluma from Topeka, Kan., and the two were headed to Florida when they ran out of gas in Murfreesboro.
Bluma and the girl then joined two other panhandlers for a couple of days to get money, he reported.
After receiving a tip about their possible whereabouts, police located Bluma and the girl at a duplex in the 1100 block of Riviera Drive.
“The officers did not initially spot the victim because she had shaved her head and (was) pretending to be a boy,” Roberts reported, adding once police positively identified the girl, Bluma was taken into custody.
The girl told police “the two had developed a sexual relationship that started back in November in Kansas,” and after running away together, they “would have sex in the Wal-Mart parking lot,” Roberts reported.
Although the incident involved crossing stated lines, authorities have not charged Bluma with kidnapping because the girl voluntarily ran away, which is considered a juvenile offense in most states.
“This is not a kidnapping case,” said Kyle Evans, public information officer for the Police Department. “I cannot discuss juvenile crimes, but (that type of offense) would have occurred in Kansas, not Murfreesboro.”
He said authorities are working with the Tennessee Department of Child Services to return the girl to her family in Kansas.