Accused squatter says he didn't do it - WSMV Channel 4

Accused squatter says he didn't do it

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

A man who went to jail for something the Channel 4 I-Team caught on camera says what you saw is not what it seemed.

The I-Team's been investigating Ashley King since the spring. That's when neighbors complained he was squatting in a foreclosed north Nashville home. Later, the I-Team found two teenage girls at the home - two teenagers who were later identified as runaways by police.

Our investigation quickly got the attention of the Metro sex crimes division. The Channel 4 I-Team first started looking into King when we got a tip he was squatting in a dead man's foreclosed home. But, when we went to that home at 1909 28th Ave. N., we found a whole lot more - a 15-year-old runaway girl and a 17-year-old missing girl from Mt. Juliet.

After that  video aired, police got an arrest warrant citing the Channel 4 I-Team's investigation and moved in to arrest King. He is now charged with harboring a runaway child.

King was in court Tuesday with his attorney to answer to those charges. King wouldn't answer our questions and did his best to dodge us by slipping into the men's room. Tuesday's hearing was reset for October, but King's attorney tells us he will be entering a not guilty plea.

King is out on bond, and according to neighbors, he is still squatting in the foreclosed home.  

He is due in court later this month to face codes violations for not fixing broken windows on the property. A judge recently threw out King's lawsuit against Bank of America and ordered him not to file any more suits concerning the home. But, King proceeded to file new motions last week even as the bank is trying to evict him.

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