Case #218 & 219 - Prostitution Ring Suspect Worked At YMCA
Murfreesboro detectives said Kareem Wiggins, 22, and Robert Wright, 26, moved girls around on different days to meet men for sex at different motels.
"It didn't work. We got them anyway," said Major Clyde Adkison with the Murfreesboro Police Department.
Investigators caught on after they say the pair advertised on BackPage.com and even used the minors' photographs.
Right now they know of at least two 16-year-old girls, and a young woman, but there could be others involved.
"We could still have some victims that we don't know about, but right now we have three victims for sure," Adkison said.
Thanks to a viewer tip, NewsChannel 5 has learned Wright worked as an employee at the North Rutherford YMCA in Smyrna for less than four months last year.
YMCA officials say Wiggins passed a full employment background check, but still lost his job last September for unspecified reasons.
"He was terminated, but not for offenses that would be related to that which he has been arrested for at this time," said YMCA of Middle Tennessee spokesperson Jessica Fain. "We also have a very extensive employee code of conduct that we take very seriously and when there are any violations to that whatsoever regardless it is grounds for termination."
That's a piece of this puzzle detectives didn't know. Now, Murfreesboro Police and TBI agents are trying to figure out if Wiggins used his position at the YMCA to meet girls and lure them into prostitution.
Wednesday no one answered the door at Wiggins' La Vergne home. Both he and Wright remained in the Rutherford County jail.
Investigators said they first started tracking both men in January, and watched them for a little more than a month before swooping in to return the 16-year-old girls to their families.