By JENNIFER HORTONThe Wilson Post
A Wilson County grand jury has charged a Smith County man who is reportedly HIV positive on charges of sexual assault of a 14-year-old male, also from Smith County.
The indictment was handed down by the grand jury on Thursday.
A news release from the Wilson County Sheriff’s Department said the suspect, Barry H. Hogg, 47, of Smith County, was indicted on nine counts of Aggravated Statutory Rape, one count of Sexual Battery, 11 counts of Especially Aggravated Sexual Exploitation of a Minor and nine counts of Criminal Exposure to HIV.
The case was referred to the WCSD by Smith County. The victim was originally reported as being a kidnapped child by his mother, however, Smith County authorities later reportedly found the teen with Hogg.
Smith County investigators interviewed the victim and the suspect and learned they had allegedly been involved in a sexual relationship, the news release said.
A search warrant that was executed led to the discovery of more than 100 DVD’s of the victim and Hogg engaging in sexual acts together, including one DVD that contained video of the teen and the suspect engaged in a sexual act at a store near the intersection of Grant Road and North Commerce in East Wilson County.
The news release said that medical reports had confirmed that Hogg was HIV positive and has been receiving treatment for the illness for more than a year.
Charges were developed from the video and the case was presented to the grand jury which is in session this month.
Det. Brian Harbaugh was the lead investigator in the case.
“Brian does a heck of a good job on these cases,” said Sheriff Terry Ashe.
Hogg remains in the Wilson County Jail under $50,000 bond. He is set to appear in court on March 18.
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