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Troxell indicted for assault

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By Susan Sharp

Following last week’s convening of the grand jury a Jellico man has been indicted for three counts of rape of a child and one count of aggravated sexual battery

James R. Troxell is accused of allegedly and repeatedly sexually assaulting a young girl. It is believed the child was living in the same home with him from 2000 until 2002, Det. Jami Hall of the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department said after his initial arrest.

The child who was six to seven years old at the time the rapes are believed to have occurred was related to the duo by marriage, Hall said.

After the abuse was initially reported, the Department of Children’s Services removed the child from her mother’s custody, according to Hall. Another family member later adopted the girl, she said.

Hall deemed this a “complicated case.” She worked on it for nine months prior to arresting Troxell.

Prior to that, a number of detectives had been assigned to the abuse case, she said.

“When it became mine I wanted to make sure I had everything I needed (to make an arrest),” Hall said.

Troxell is expected to be arraigned in criminal court on Jan. 11, 2010.