Cincinnati police find missing teen in U-Haul, rape among charges filed in KY trafficking case

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CINCINNATI, Ohio (FOX19) - A slew of charges have been filed against people Kentucky authorities say were involved with the luring and sexual assault of a missing teen girl.

On Saturday, April 20, a deputy in Knox County, Ky. received a report of a missing 16-year-old. Knox County is about 180 miles south of Cincinnati. She was entered into the National Crime Information Center Data Base for missing persons.

Cincinnati police notified that deputy Sunday that they'd received a tip about a girl that was being kept in the back of U-Haul truck in a parking lot. Police say the initial investigation took place Sunday at the Check Cashing business located at Reading Road and East Liberty Street.

While verifying her information, authorities got a hit on the deputy's NCIC entry and learned the teen had been taken by three adults from Corbin, Ky. -- Michael Nason, Tiffany Cheek, and Carl Hickman.

Cheek, an acquaintance of the teen, had lured her form her home under false pretenses of being her guardian, authorities said. They went on to say that the teen was locked in the back of the U-Haul where she and Nason, 34, engaged in sexual activity.

The U-Haul eventually ended up in a parking lot in Cincinnati, where police officers arrested Hickman, 27, on drug charges.

After returning to Knox County, the deputy, Hunter Luttrell, obtained warrants for Nason and Cheek. They were arrested Monday.

Nason has been charged with unlawful transaction with a minor, custodial interference, kidnapping, human trafficking a victim under 18, rape, unlawful imprisonment, and controlled substance trafficking. Authorities say he was also wanted on a Knox County arrest for flagrant non-support.

Cheek, 29, was charged with unlawful transaction with a minor, custodial interference, kidnapping, human trafficking a victim under 18 years of age, unlawful imprisonment, and controlled substance trafficking.

Hickman will be facing the same charges as Cheek after being extradited back to Kentucky, authorities said.

Deputy Luttrell will continue to investigate the matter.

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