In December of 2019, Officers with the Cookeville Police Department responded to the Cookeville Regional Medical Center where they received a complaint alleging that Adam Jereco Haney had committed a rape of a child. Detectives with the Cookeville Police Department opened an active investigation into the allegation.
The results of the investigation revealed that Adam Jereco Haney, now age 34, had committed rape of three (3) of his stepchildren between January 1, 2017, and December 19, 2019.
All three children gave detailed disclosures describing their sexual abuse by Haney. Haney confessed to having sexual abused the children when interviewed by investigators.
Yesterday, Monday, July 25, 2022, Adam Jereco Haney, appeared in the Criminal Court of Putnam County where he entered a PLEA OF GUILTY to six counts of rape of a child and one count of continuous sexual abuse of a child.
HANEY was sentenced to be incarcerated for 30 years, a sentence to be served at 100%. He is required to register as a violent sex offender. He will be listed on the violent sex offender registry for life and be subject to community supervision for life. HANEY was in custody at Monday’s hearing and will be transferred to the custody of the Tennessee Department of Corrections to serve his sentence.
Assistant District Attorney General Antoinette Welch, one of the child sex abuse prosecutors with the District Attorney General’s Office prosecuted this case. Detective Sgt. Heather Marshall of the Cookeville Police Department was the lead investigator on this case. Criminal Investigator Randal Slayton with the District Attorney’s Office assisted. Their investigative work on this case was exemplary.
Child Sexual Abuse is among the most shocking and egregious of crimes. Those who prey on vulnerable children deserve to be removed from our community. Public Safety is paramount. Our children are precious and must be protected.