Tullahoma, Tenn., police say federal authorities are looking into the investigation of a local woman charged in February with pimping a teenage girl to adult men in exchange for crack cocaine.
The woman, Kimberly Michelle Breeden, 33, was charged in grand jury indictments in January with statutory rape, two counts of aggravated statutory rape, incest and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, records show. Two men also are charged.
"We did meet with the U.S. Attorney's Office yesterday in reference to possible federal charges," Tullahoma Police Lt. Jason Ferrell said Tuesday. Investigators met to go over case evidence collected so far, but no decision has been made to pursue federal charges, he said.
Ferrell said federal authorities probably will decide that soon.
"We should know something pretty quick, within two weeks," he said.
Otherwise, Ferrell said, most of the needed interviews have been completed and local officials are waiting to see what action federal authorities might take.
Breeden, of 131 Silver St., was charged along with her boyfriend, Alvin Avery Overman, 39, of the same address, who is charged with aggravated statutory rape, incest and contributing to the delinquency of a minor; and Thomas John Hickerson Jr., 57, of 103 Dicks Drive in Tullahoma, charged with one count of aggravated statutory rape, court records state.
Records show the victim was between 13 and 18 years old when the offenses happened. Investigators said she was at the younger end of that range.
The investigation started after the victim provided information that led to the charges against the three arrested, officials said last month.
The charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor arises from Breeden and Overman providing alcohol, crack and marijuana to the girl, investigators have said.
Breeden was freed on $25,000 bond, and Overman was released on $20,000 bond, Coffee County Jail officials said. Hickerson remains in custody on $10,000 bond, jail officials said Tuesday.
The investigation started in 2012 when the girl's father reported sexual activity between the girl and Breeden's boyfriend, Tullahoma Detective Harry Conway said at the time the three were arrested.
Conway said the victim is undergoing counseling and is "improving in all areas."
Ben Benton is a news reporter at the Chattanooga Times Free Press. He covers Southeast Tennessee and previously covered North Georgia education. Ben has worked at the Times Free Press since November 2005, first covering Bledsoe and Sequatchie counties and later adding Marion, Grundy and other counties in the northern and western edges of the region to his coverage. He was born and raised in Cleveland, Tenn., a graduate of Bradley Central High School. Benton ...