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TBI: Sex Offender Stalking West TN Women

By Emily Cassulo
By ecassulo@wbbjtv.com

A Decatur County man officers said is a violent sex offender is off the streets Tuesday after being indicted by a Madison County grand jury.

The convicted sex offender has a record that dates back more than three decades and spans at least two states.

Terry Britt, 53, now faces new charges in Madison County, and investigators fear there could be even more victims.

Investigators said Britt has been on the Tennessee Sex Offender Registry since the 1970s.

Terry Britt's neighbors said they always knew he was a sex offender, but never knew just how violent his offenses are.

"We never dreamed that anything like this would be out here and I'm glad they got rid of him, you know, come got him and took him away," said a neighbor, who did not want to give her name.

She told 7 Eyewitness News after hearing about Britt's charges that living so closely to him is scary.

"I just think it's awful, it's horrible," she said. "You think your next door neighbor is someone you can go and ask for help and you don't realize you might go and ask for help and not come back."

Britt was indicted Monday on two counts of aggravated kidnapping, one count of sexual battery, and one count of attempted rape.

"He's been alleged that he would go out and pick up girls and ladies and then take them somewhere," said John Mehr, Special Agent in Charge, TBI.

Agent Mehr said Britt is accused of picking up the women in vans, similar to the ones found outside his house in Parsons, and officers said he did not always work alone.

"We don't feel that this is an isolated incident, that he would drive around with another individual and possibly seek out their victims," Mehr said.

Investigators said Britt has a violent criminal record in at least four Tennessee counties, and even in North Carolina.

In Decatur County, he most recently was charged with violating the sex offender statute, and driving on a revoked license.

Investigators do believe there could be other victims. If you have information about any suspected criminal activity by Terry Britt, call the TBI hotline at 1-800-TBI-FIND.
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