Former Ole Miss dispatcher charged with kidnapping


OXFORD, Miss. (AP) – A former University of Mississippi police dispatcher has been charged with kidnapping and “touching a child for lustful purposes.”

News outlets report Lafayette County sheriff’s deputies on Wednesday announced the arrest of 37-year-old Nikki Thweatt in New Orleans.

A release from the sheriff’s office says Thweatt and an underage girl went missing Sunday. The sheriff’s office says its investigation led detectives to New Orleans, but it is unclear why Thweatt went there.

Thweatt had been charged with sexual battery of a minor on June 26. Ole Miss officials announced in a statement two days later that she was no longer employed with the university.

Thewatt is being held in the Lafayette County Detention Center. It’s unclear whether she has an attorney who could comment on her behalf.

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