Manchester Man Arrested for Criminal Attempt to Commit Aggravated Statutory Rape in Bedford Co.

Jeremy Stahlhood

The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office and Shelbyville Police Department kicked off Operation Safe Christmas this December and have seen significant success.
Operation Safe Christmas was the collaborative effort of the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office and the Shelbyville Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division working together to assure a safe Christmas for the counties most vulnerable children.
Earlier this month, investigators with both agencies began monitoring the internet for suspected child predators. Detective Cody Swift of the Shelbyville Police Department discovered an ad on Craigslist that led investigators to believe the poster was looking to have sex with an underage female. Investigators replied to the ad posing as the mother of a 13 year-old daughter. The conversations progressed and ultimately led to the arrest of Jeremy Stahlhood, age 23, of Manchester, Tennessee. Stahlhood drove to Shelbyville with the intent to have sex with a minor, but was apprehended by law enforcement as he entered a local residence used for the operation. Stahlhood was charged with Criminal Attempt to Commit Aggravated Statutory Rape.