Police say LaFollette man tried to trade drugs for sex with children

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Late Tuesday evening investigators from the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office and members of the Sheriff’s SWAT Team executed a search warrant, along with investigators from the LaFollette Police Department and the District Attorney General’s 8th Judicial Drug Task Force, at the home of Alonzo Adam Branson, age 60 at 306 River Drive in LaFollette.

Following an investigation, detectives obtained information that led them to the home of Branson. Armed with a search warrant and criminal information, investigators were able to prevent Branson from allegedly luring children to his home for sex in exchange for narcotics. Plainly, Branson told investigators that he was interested in trading narcotics in exchange for sex with children ranging in ages from 9 years of age until 12 years of age. Branson was arrested and booked into the Campbell County Jail on charges of two counts of trafficking for a commercial sex act, two counts of solicitation of a minor and possession of schedule II drugs for resale in the form believed to be morphine.

Branson is expected to receive a bond hearing Monday in General Sessions Court. The investigation is ongoing.

“The alleged deviant acts such as these we believe Mr. Branson perpetrated will not be tolerated, period,” Campbell County Sheriff Robbie K. Goins said. “A place in society for these types of predators must be revoked immediately, and we will do our part wholeheartedly.”