Park rangers conduct stings along Natchez Trace to stop public sex

The Natchez Trace Parkway is cracking down on sexual activity taking place on the Trace.

Posted: Oct. 19, 2017 8:09 PM
Updated: Oct. 19, 2017 8:09 PM

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - The Natchez Trace Parkway is cracking down on sexual activity taking place on the Trace.

You may remember the incident that happened three weeks ago when a man was arrested after being accused of running from law enforcement as he was confronted by rangers during a sting aimed at stopping public sexual encounters.

"It's everywhere," Natchez Trace Supervisory Law Enforcement Ranger John Hearne said.

Hearne said the amount of sexual activity that happens on the the Trace is more than many people may think.

"The people that are doing this aren't just doing it necessarily for the satisfaction," he said.  "Part of the thrill is doing it for the sake of doing it and not getting caught. It's borderline pathological."

Rangers say the sexual incidents usually happen in three places -- on the trail, in vehicles that sit in a parking lot or people make plans on the Trace and then go somewhere else.

Visitors say this is nothing new and they have been hearing about this for years.

"I've seen situations where I would not stop if I had planned to stop at that rest stop and just kept moving on," Scott Dodson said.

Dodson frequently uses the Trace to travel.

Last month, the rangers had undercover officers roaming.

Hearne said it was a success and they will continue to patrol.

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