DEKALB COUNTY – An investigation by special agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has resulted in the indictment and arrest of a Smithville man on charges of rape of a child.

At the request of 13th District Attorney General Bryant Dunaway, in August 2020, TBI agents began investigating a report of a sexual offense that had occurred in Smithville earlier in the month. As the result of the investigation, agents developed information that David Nichols was responsible for the sexual assault of the victim.

On March 29th, the DeKalb County Grand Jury returned indictments charging David Wayne Nichols (DOB 04/15/1975) with two counts of Rape of a Child and one count of Aggravated Sexual Battery. Today, Nichols was arrested by members of the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department and TBI agents. He was booked into the DeKalb County Jail, where he is currently being held without bond.