Police arrested Metro Public Works supervisor Joe T. Troutt Jr., 37, on a charge of child rape last Friday after they said he confessed to detectives in October about sexual acts he committed with a 6-year-old girl.
According to a police affidavit, Troutt was previously in a relationship with the victim's mother and spent time at their residence. Last year, the victim told her mother and a pastor that Troutt had sexually touched her.
Troutt told police last year that he slept in the same bed as the victim and admitted to having “sexual thoughts” about her, according to the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department affidavit. The document also states that he admitted to inappropriately touching the victim.
Troutt wasn't booked until last Friday because law enforcement “needed to build a stronger case,” according to MNPD spokeswoman Kristin Mumford.
Mumford wouldn't reveal the additional details that led to Troutt's arrest, but did say his confession wasn't enough to warrant an arrest. The victim also wasn't living with Troutt, so she wasn't in danger, Mumford said.
Troutt is a maintenance and repair leader at Metro Public Works, where he has been employed since 1996. He is being held in lieu of $100,000 bond in Davidson County jail and is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday morning.