Metro police arrested a Florida man Wednesday after investigators said he pimped out a 17-year-old girl to an undercover police officer.
Through a joint investigation between Youth Services detectives and undercover Metro officers, authorities learned that a 17-year-old runaway who fled from a state placement on Sunday was featured in an adult advertisement on Backpage.com
Officials arranged to meet her in a room at the Hickerson Motel on Nolensville Pike.
She was driven to the motel by 27-year-old Jeffrey Dale. He used his Florida ID to rent the room before leaving, police said.
An undercover agent went into the motel room to confirm the girl was there for the purpose of prostitution, and Dale was arrested a short distance away.
The 17-year-old reported to police that she met Dale at a Nashville bus station on Sunday, after which she engaged in sex with him.
She was taken to juvenile detention as a runaway.
Dale was charged with promoting the prostitution of a minor, trafficking a minor for commercial sex and statutory rape.
He was booked into the Metro jail in lieu of a $55,000 bond.