New charges issued for Timothy Staggs in human trafficking case

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Tim Staggs (Photo: WHNT News 19)

FLORENCE – A local man out of jail on a cash bond of $300,000 for human trafficking charges is back in jail after new indictments were issued against him by a  grand jury, officials said.

Timothy Wylie Staggs of Florence, turned himself in Thursday at the Lauderdale County Detention Center after he was informed that new indictments had been issued.

The new charges include two counts of first-degree human trafficking and one count of second-degree human trafficking.

Staggs is accused of forcing two females – one adult and one minor – into labor servitude or sexual servitude.

The indictments were issued late Tuesday by a specially empaneled grand jury.

In May, Staggs was indicted on five counts of second-degree human trafficking, and four counts of conspiracy to commit human trafficking.

Attorney Edward “Chip” Dillard was indicted on seven counts of second-degree human trafficking, four counts of second-degree conspiracy to commit human trafficking, one count of second-degree sexual abuse, two counts of making a terrorist threat, and one count of intimidating a witness.

Reginald Brett Mitchell of Florence, was arrested on charges of tampering with evidence and destruction of evidence.

Investigators said those indictments involved seven different females.

All three men pleaded not guilty during a recent arraignment. Their cases will go to court in December.

The indictments accuse Dillard and Staggs of getting the women, who had been arrested, out of jail for sexual favors.

Authorities said Mitchell is accused of disposing of digital information. He is out of jail on bail of $10,000.

Staggs, who posted a cash bond of $300,000 following his first indictment, is being held in the Lauderdale County Detention Center on bail of $100,000.