Trial pushed back for convicted sex offender at center of Amber Alert

Benjamin Shook (Source: Smyth County Sheriff's Office)

HAWKINS COUNTY, TN (WJHL) – The trial for the convicted sex offender at the center of a nationwide Amber Alert earlier this year is now pushed back.

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Benjamin Shook sparked an Amber Alert after investigators said he lured a 14-year-old Hawkins County girl away from her home.

Shook was set to go to trial in January, but his attorney filed a motion to push back his trial saying he needs more time to prepare their case.

Shooks’s trial date is now set for May 2016.

This story was originally published on WJHL.com.

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