‘I Raped a 5-year-Old girl’: Tenn man charged after disturbing Facebook posts

A 30-year-old Tennessee man has been indicted on 13 criminal counts after allegedly “bragging” about raping a 5-year-old girl in a number of disturbing Facebook posts, PEOPLE confirms.

Brian Gann has been in police custody since Oct. 11, 2017, when the Roane County Sheriff’s Office dispatch center was flooded with calls about the alleged Facebook posts, according to a news release issued Monday.

“I raped a 5 year old girl and can’t get the cops to come get me,” reads a message investigators allege Gann posted to the official Facebook page for the U.S. Department of Justice. “I feel awful can you help me turn myself in?”

Police allege Gann left similar messages on the social media sites of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

This week, Gann was indicted on six counts of child rape, three counts of harassment, one count of aggravated stalking and three counts of retaliation for past action, according to the news release from the Roane County Sheriff’s Office.

Gann was initially arrested for filing a false report, as his alleged post to the FBI included a claim he had killed the victim, and that he wanted to tell police where they could find her body.

At first, authorities did “not find anything credible” about the claim; a warrant obtained by PEOPLE for that initial arrest alleges Gann fabricated the claims “to get the attention of law enforcement for the purpose of exposing the false presidential election.”

But the investigation continued.

The warrant alleges detectives investigating the case allegedly started finding morsels of truth to Gann’s claims of child rape.

Police allege Gann provided detectives with the names of children he had raped, and interviews were conducted with the alleged victims.


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