Knox County grand jury to hear kidnapping and human trafficking case

KNOX COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Two people accused of taking a teenager against her will from Corbin to Cincinnati were back in front of a judge Tuesday.

Tiffany Cheek and Michael Nason face multiple charges after police said they kidnapped a 16-year-old girl. Cheek is accused of tricking the teen into thinking she had a new guardian. Nason is accused of engaging in sexual activity with the teenager while she was locked in the back of a U-Haul.

A third suspect, Carl Hickman, is in Cincinnati facing drug charges but is expected to answer to human trafficking and other related charges in Knox County.

All three are accused of taking the girl to Cincinnati and possibly other cities while keeping her trapped in the back of the truck.

Tuesday, court attorneys waived their right to a preliminary hearing and the case was sent to a grand jury. The judge refused to lower Cheek and Nason's $100,000 cash bonds.

"It's a very unique case in a small town. You wouldn't think this would happen here but it does. Unfortunately, it does. It's a very serious case, indicative of the high bond set by the judge," said Knox County Sheriff Mike Smith.

Sheriff Smith said more arrests are possible in the case.

"We obviously want to get to the bottom of it and see if there is a web or anything like that. Apprehend everyone we can find with this," Smith said.

The two attorneys representing Nason and Cheek did not want to talk to our reporter.

Police said the victim suffered a lot of mental trauma in the event and is undergoing counseling.

Smith said his office is getting help from multiple police agencies in the investigation.

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