Trafficking suspect enters not guilty plea; pretrial set for May

Trial term set for June 4 – 8 if it goes to trial

TRUMANN, Ark. – The Dover, Tennessee man who is accused of taking a 16-year-old Trumann, Arkansas girl across state lines was in court Tuesday, March 27, and entered a plea of not guilty.

Gillum. Source: Poinsett County Sheriff’s Office.

Craig Gillum, 52, of Dover, Tennessee, was represented by attorney Brian Miles, a public defender, in court Tuesday. Miles entered a not guilty plea for the suspect, Second Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington told NEA Report. A case was set for pretrial on May 17 and a trial term set for June 4 through June 8, should it go to trial.

Gillum is being held on charges including computer child pornography, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, endangering the welfare of a minor in the second degree, interference with custody/minor taken out of state, and producing, directing sexual performance of a child. He is also facing a felony charge of trafficking of persons for commercial sex acts and transport of a minor for prohibited sexual conduct, per his profile on the Poinsett County Sheriff’s Office website.

The case may not necessarily go to trial just because a not guilty plea was entered. Pleas can often change after being initially entered.

A 16-year-old Trumann girl, who’s family has asked us not to use her name going forward, was missing for five days before being found on February 1 at the Elm’s Motel in O’Neill, Nebraska.




2 Comments

  1. This man ran away before he was going to be charged with sexualy abusing me and my sister. I was wondering if he could still be held accountable for those warrents?

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