Middle Tennessee man faces charges in disappearance of Arkansas teen

Craig Gillum (Photo courtesy of KATV content partner WREG News Channel 3)

A middle Tennessee man has been arrested in the disappearance of a teenage girl from Arkansas over the weekend, KATV content partner KAIT Region 8 News reported.

Craig Gillum, 52, of Shelbyville, Tenn., was being held in the Holt County, Nebraska jail on felony counts of child abuse and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, according to the Jonesboro TV station. Gillum was traveling with a 16-year-old girl from Trumann when authorities searching for the two found them about 2 a.m. Thursday in O'Neill, a city of roughly 3,600 people northwest of Omaha.

Investigators believe Gillum met the girl on the internet and had been communicating with her on her school-issued laptop computer. The girl's family reported Saturday that she'd gone missing.

Upon his extradition to Arkansas, Gillum reportedly faces charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor; endangering the welfare of a minor; interference with custody; trafficking of persons; computer child pornography and producing, directing or promoting a sexual performance by a child.

Trumann Police Chief Chad Henson said the arrest of Gillum "has led to other persons of interest in multiple cities and multiple states and this investigation will continue."

KATV has withheld the girl's name in this story and removed it from previously-published stories because she is a minor whom police believe has been sexually assaulted.

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