Arrest made in child sex abuse case
by Elane Jones
Mar 29, 2014 | 8625 views | 0 0 comments | 53 53 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Terry Drummond
Terry Drummond
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An undercover sting operation by law enforcement officials in Blount and Walker counties led to a Walker County man being taken into custody Thursday on child sex abuse charges.

Sgt. Dayron Bridges, an investigator with the Walker County Sheriff’s Office, said 52-year-old Terry Drummond was arrested at a home located in Walker County but had a Bremen address of 1149 Harvey Drummond Road.

“Myself and a sheriff’s patrol deputy, Shane Harrison, drove to the residence where we executed the arrest warrant against Mr. Drummond for traveling to meet a child for an unlawful sex act, sodomy and enticing a child for immoral purposes,” Bridges said.

Drummond was being held in the Walker County Jail on a $90,000 bond late Thursday.

Bridges said Drummond’s arrest stemmed from a tip the Walker County Sheriff’s Office received from the Blount County Department of Human Resources.

“Mr. Drummond allegedly traveled to Blount County where he picked up a 14-year-old male, brought him back to Walker County and had sex with the child,” Bridges said. “After receiving the information, we were able to conduct an undercover sting operation and collect enough evidence to make a case against Drummond.”

Bridges said this was just one of several child sex abuse crimes the Walker County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating.

“We generally get three to four cases a week involving child sex abuse crimes. We used to stay covered up,” Bridges said. “So much so, in fact, the sheriff’s office hired another full-time investigator to help work nothing but child sex abuse cases.”

Investigators currently in charge of looking into the child sex abuse crimes in Walker County include Bridges and Brian Keeton, who work closely with the Department of Human Resources and other law enforcement agencies in Walker County and surrounding areas.

“We stay pretty busy, but thanks to our new child advocacy center in Walker County, it’s not as bad anymore,” Bridges said. “Most of our time used to be spent traveling back and forth to Birmingham to interview our victims. But now, we can do that right down the street, so that gives us more time to spend on the case.”

The Walker County Sheriff’s Office took over investigating child sex abuse cases from the Walker County District Attorney’s Office in 2011, and it currently has several child sex abuse cases pending.

Those involve cases ranging from child pornography to child molestation.