Long-Time Trucker Indicted on Kidnapping and Child Pornography Charges
Nashville, TN – An Alabama trucker was indicted on Wednesday by a federal grand jury and charged with kidnapping, possession of child pornography and transportation of child pornography.
Roy Nellsch, 63, of Logan, AL, is facing life in prison if convicted on the charges stemming from an arrest on May 22, 2019, after he allegedly kidnapped a stranded female motorist along Interstate 24.
According to the indictment, Nellsch, a long-haul trucker for more than 40 years, encountered a woman with car trouble on I-24, near Fort Campbell, KY.
The woman’s car was out of gas and Nellsch offered to give her a ride to the next exit, which was Exit 1 in Tennessee.
The woman accepted the ride and got into the truck and Nellsch proceeded to drive eastbound on I-24.
When Nellsch continued past Exit 1 and Exit 4, the woman became scared and started screaming.
Nellsch then pulled over on the exit ramp at Exit 8 and pointed a handgun at the woman and told her he was kidnapping her and he intended to rape her and keep her “for a couple of days.”
Nellsch ordered the woman into the sleeper part of the cab where he began assaulting her and ripped her dress.
During the struggle, the woman was able to turn the gun on Nellsch and pull the trigger but it did not fire.
Nellsch then grabbed another handgun and struck the woman in the head.
He then handcuffed the woman, placed a blanket over her, and continued driving along I-24.
As Nellsch was driving, the woman was able to slip one hand out of the handcuffs, court documents reveal.
She then placed the blanket over Nellsch’s head and placed one arm around his throat while she attempted to steer the truck and honk the horn with the other hand and screamed for him to pull over.
Nellsch pulled the truck to the side of road, took the remaining handcuff off the woman and she got out of the truck and flagged down oncoming motorists for help.
Nellsch drove away from the scene and was stopped and arrested a short time later that day along westbound Highway 49 in Springfield, TN.
A subsequent search of the truck by Tennessee Bureau of Investigations (TBI) agents produced, among other items, two handguns; a stun gun; handcuffs; bags containing numerous pairs of women’s underwear (some with blood stains) and bras and numerous electronic devices, including a digital camera, laptop computers, cell phones, and media storage devices.
A further review of the electronic devices found over 10,000 images and videos of child pornography, including videos depicting violence against small children and a ledger with lists of names, ages, locations and descriptions of women and children.
TBI investigators reported Nellsch admitted the incident in May was not the first time he has picked up a stranded female motorist or hitchhiker.
According to court documents, Nellsch told investigators he engaged in this behavior three or four times each year.