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The Limestone County Sheriff's Office says an Athens man is charged with human trafficking and distribution of a controlled substance after it was disclosed he'd approached a minor about being a prostitute for him.
Dhalquistiere Eichelberger, Jr., 28, is charged with human trafficking first-degree and distribution of a controlled substance. He was booked in the Limestone County Jail with a bond set at $10,000 for the distribution charge. A bond has not been set for the human trafficking charge.
The sheriff's office says, on March 25, an investigator took a report for a juvenile who had allegedly been sexually assaulted. Officials say the juvenile said Eichelberger tried to recruit him/her for prostitution. The Child Advocacy Center interviewed the juvenile, and during the interview, the child said Eichelberger had given him/her marijuana and talked about the juvenile becoming a prostitute, the sheriff's office says.
The sheriff's office says investigators began a human trafficking investigation and arrest warrants were issued. On Friday, the sheriff’s office conducted a search warrant at a residence on North Clinton Street where Eichelberger lives. The sheriff's office says investigators located nearly an ounce of marijuana and recovered several electronic devices.
The investigation is ongoing, and additional charges may be pending.
WAAY 31 broke the news about Friday morning’s arrest to neighbors.
“I heard a ‘boom!’ I thought maybe it was raining," said one neighbor.
That particular neighbor didn’t want to be identified, but she said that was the sound what woke her up Friday morning.
Little did she know, what sounded like thunder was actually a team of investigators busting through her neighbor’s front door on North Clinton Street in Athens.
A man who works across the street told WAAY 31 he saw it all go down.
“I saw a bunch of cops walking up. They had all their guns drawn and they walked to the house across the street," said Austin Harris. "Then, they hit the door in and threw a flash bang, and all I saw was every window in that house light up.”
Investigators say they used these aggressive tactics to enter the home because they say the suspect has a history of assaulting police officers and they had reason to believe he was armed.
It was all a surprise for one neighbor.
“The person who lives in that apartment—I never see them," she said. "I’m just shaking because you never ever know.”
After hearing the man is accused of asking a child to be a prostitute for him, folks were not happy.
“I have no words for him," Harris said.
“Now, I feel unsafe," another neighbor added.
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