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Out-of-state sex offender fails to register in Franklin, faces new charges

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Joseph Antonio Gonzalez Rodriguez

Joseph Antonio Gonzalez Rodriguez

Local detectives arrested a registered sex offender from Connecticut Wednesday who had been living in Franklin since March, but failed to register his presence.

His conviction in Connecticut was related to a sex crime against a minor. Joseph Antonio Gonzalez Rodriguez, 28, was charged by Franklin Police with failing to register and was released on the $75,000 bond set by the Magistrate.

Detectives returned to his Murfreesboro Road condo Thursday and re-arrested Rodriguez, charging him with statutory rape, after discovering he had sex with at least one Franklin minor since arriving in Tennessee. Rodriguez is back behind bars on a $100,000 bond.

He is due in court on Aug. 4.

Anyone with information about other children Rodriguez may have had contact with is urged to call Franklin Police at (615) 794-2513.

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