A 14-year-old girl testified in General Sessions Court that a 28-year-old Rossville wrestler asked her for nude pictures and came over to her house for sex.
The girl said she "chickened out" on having sex with Joshua Francis Carter of 12711 Old Dayton Pike, but she said he penetrated her private area with his finger while in her bedroom. She said he tried to get her to perform oral sex, but she refused.
Judge Gary Starnes, after hearing lengthy testimony, bound charges of aggravated statutory rape, sexual exploitation of a minor and sale, loan or exhibition of obscene materials to minors against Carter to the Grand Jury. He remains free on the same bond.
The judge told him not to be alone with minors except his own children and to have no contact with the girl or her family.
The girl's aunt said she went for about a year to Empire Wrestling on Austin Drive and sometimes took her 10-year-old daughter as well as the 14-year-old niece. She said they knew Carter under his wrestling name of "J.C. Kent."
She said he would come down and greet them and sign autographs during intermission. She said, "He used to be a bad guy, but he became a good guy that could talk to us."
She said she told Carter when he was introduced to her niece that "she's only 14."
County Detective Ed Merritt said the incident when Carter went to the girl's house was on March 5.
He said he was alerted to the case when the mother of the girl's best friend told him about Facebook messages between the girl and Carter.
Det. Merritt said the girl "became enamoured with the defendant. He is certainly a good looking male specimen."
He said on March 4 that Carter wrote the girl, "I'm obsessed with f------ you. I'll show up."
He told her, "To seal the deal you will spread your legs."
The detective said Carter asked the girl to send him nude pictures. He responded, "I'm touching myself to that last one."
He said the girl stated that Carter was sending the messages while at work at Play It Again Sports.
The witness said the girl wrote Carter after he left her house to apologize for "not going through with everything." He said Carter replied, "No worries sweetie. You just need to let your inhibitions go. I just wanted to make your first time special."
Det. Merritt said in an earlier message Carter had acknowledged "you are 14."
The girl testified that in one picture she sent to Carter she was wearing a wrestling shirt only. She said in another she was in the shower.
She said he sent her a picture of himself wearing only a shirt and also sent a picture of his penis.
The girl said when they talked about sending the pictures they discussed using Snap Chat, which she said allows the sender to put a time on when the photo will expire. Det. Merritt said that is a site "made for sexting."
She said Carter came to her house on the afternoon of March 5 soon after her older brother had left for work.
The girl said she was "really upset and hurt" that Carter stopped talking to her, and she sent texts to her best friend telling her about the situation.