Woodrow Adams


A long-time Tennessee Ridge judge who was charged with three counts of child rape in Dickson County pleaded not guilty in a Monday hearing.

Woodrow Adams, who has worked as a judge for the town in Houston and Stewart counties since 1979, is charged with the rape of at least two children under the age of 13 but older than 3, according to court documents.

A Dickson County grand jury indicted Adams for the rapes, which reportedly occurred in November 2018 and sometime between July 2017 and July 2018.

Adams did not appear in court Monday and has another court date Nov. 15. It is typical for defendants to waive the formal reading of their charges and enter a plea of not guilty in this type of hearing, court clerk Pam Lewis said.

Adams is out of jail on a $150,000 bond after paying 10 percent ($15,000), Dickson County police captain Amy Longtin said.

If he pleads not guilty again in November, his court date will be Nov. 18.

Adams, who normally handles traffic violations for Tennessee Ridge, is suspended without pay from his position pending the outcome of the case, Tennessee Ridge city clerk Leslie Rucker said.

As a part of his bond conditions, Adams was ordered not to have any direct or indirect contact with the alleged victims.