Thursday, 09 February 2012 00:00

South Memphis Man Convicted of Rape of An Elderly Woman

Marco Blanch Marco Blanch
February 9th, 2012 - A Shelby County jury convicted Marco A. Blanch of rape of a 79 year old woman.
The rape occurred on February 3rd, 2011. Blanch, age 29, came to the woman’s home shortly after 10:00 pm, and asked her could he come in to watch television. The victim, an Alzheimer’s patient, let Blanch into the home. The victim’s grandson came to the house after watching Blanch enter the home. He found Blanch in the bedroom with his grandmother lying on the bed and Blanch on top of her, partially disrobed. The grandson detained Blanch on the scene until Memphis Police Department arrived and arrested him.
The Memphis Police Department’s Sex Crimes Bureau investigation revealed that Blanch had engaged in forced sexual intercourse with the elderly woman. Information from the trial indicated that the woman could not give consent to sexual intercourse due to her medical condition.
Rape is a class B felony and carries a sentence range of eight (8) to thirty (30) years, with no possibility of parole.
Blanch is scheduled for sentencing on March 9th, 2012 in Criminal Court Division 3. As a range one offender, he faces maximum sentence of twelve (12) years.
Assistant District Attorney Terre Fratesi of the Shelby County District Attorney General’s Special Victim’s Unit, and David Zak, Chief Prosecutor for Criminal Court Division 2, prosecuted the case before Honorable Judge Bobby Carter.