A Nashville man indicted on charges of child rape and sexual exploitation of a minor is now wanted by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation after failing to show up in court Monday.
The TBI added Stephen E. Beck, 40, last known to have lived at 529 Snyder Ave., to its Top Ten Most Wanted fugitive list and offered a $1,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.
Beck was supposed to appear in a Wilson County Criminal Court Monday to enter a plea in the case against him. He was indicted last August on nine counts of child rape, 16 counts of rape and 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor. Beck is now wanted on a felony failure to appear in court charge as well.
That same month Beck was also indicted on three counts of rape of a child in Rutherford County. Prior to Monday’s court date, Beck was free on $150,000 bond in Wilson County and a $1 million bond in Rutherford County, according to a release from the TBI.
Beck is described as a white male with black hair and hazel eyes. He is 5-foot-11-inches, weighs 240 pounds and has a left shoulder tattoo with the name “April.”
He was last seen in Wilson County at 8 a.m. Monday and was last known to be driving a blue 2005 Chevrolet Silverado pickup with an extended cab and custom aftermarket front grille. The Tennessee license tag is an “Alabama Fan” vanity plate with an elephant mascot logo number 0260AL. Authorities believe he could possibly be headed to Pell City, Ala.
The TBI asked anyone with information on Beck’s whereabouts to call the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND.