Gudger arrested in Middle Tennessee on Cocke County grand jury indictment

Members of the U.S. Marshal Service Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force on Wednesday took former Newport resident Parvel Lamon Gudger Jr., 36, into custody in Huron, Tennessee.

Newport Police Chief Maurice Shults said an investigation resulted in Gudger being indicted by a Cocke County Grand Jury in October of 2020 on charges of two counts of rape, three counts of incest, aggravated assault, aggravated sexual battery, rape of a child and continuous sexual abuse of a child.

Shults said NPD Detective Derrick Webb was the lead detective in the investigation, which led to the sealed presentment.

On Wednesday, NPD Detective Jason Ramsey coordinated with officers of the U.S. Marshal Service Smoky Mountain Fugitive Task Force, who in turn worked with members of the Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force to locate and arrest Gudger. The subject was taken into custody without incident and was taken to the Henderson County, Tennessee jail, where he is being held in lieu of a $500,000 bond.

“The Newport Police Department wishes to thank the 4th Judicial District Attorney General’s Office and all of the state, local and federal agencies that helped work to bring this defendant to justice,” said Shults.