Hopkins County authorities were holding a 20-year-old Winnsboro man Friday morning on charges of human trafficking after his arrest in Winnsboro Thursday afternoon.
Chief Sheriff's Investigator Lewis Tatum said deputies were initially called in reference to three runaways from the Peerless area and worked with Winnsboro officers to locate the children.
Tatum said two girls, ages 16 and 12, and a 14-year-old boy were detained and turned over to juvenile authorities and a 20-year-old Winnsboro man was arrested in connection with the runaways.
“He was charged in Hopkins County with two counts of harboring a runaway child and one county of trafficking of persons,” Tatum said. “It was a Tracy Jay Miller that was arrested.
Miller and the runaways were located at County Line Apartments in Winnsboro.
Tatum said the trafficking charge was added after officers determined the man had involved the 12-year-old girl in sexual activities.
The investigator did not rule out the filing of additional charges against Miller.
Miller was being held in Hopkins County Jail this morning awaiting arraignment on the felony charges of harboring a runaway and human trafficking.
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