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.