Thursday, 21 January 2016 12:18

Rape Suspect Indicted on Witness Bribery Charges

Mark Giannini Mark Giannini SCSO
MEMPHIS – January 21, 2016 - An Eads businessman with three pending rape cases was indicted Thursday on new charges of bribery and coercion of a witness, said Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich.
Defendant Mark Giannini had been free on a $3-million bond, but that bond was temporarily revoked this week and he was taken into custody.
A bond hearing is scheduled for Friday before Criminal Court Judge W. Mark Ward.
Giannini, 50, of the 11000 block of Old Meadow Road in Eads, is accused of raping three women in separate incidents in 2014, in 2013 and in 2002. Two of the women worked for him and a third was a prospective employee who had gone to his home for a job interview.
On Thursday a Shelby County Grand Jury indicted Giannini on one count of bribery of a witness, one count of attempted bribery of a witness and one count of coercion of a witness for allegedly attempting to persuade one of the victims to drop the prosecution against him.Giannini allegedly paid a woman thousands of dollars in recent months to act as the go-between to bribe, coerce and entrap the victim, according to a motion to revoke bail filed by Asst. Dist. Atty. Jessica Banti of the DA’s Special Victims Unit (SVU).
Also handling the case is Carrie Shelton, chief prosecutor of the SVU which prosecutes cases of child sexual abuse and severe physical abuse of child victims; rape and aggravated rape of adult victims, and abuse of elderly and vulnerable adults.
SVU reviews child-victim cases cooperatively with Shelby County’s multi-agency Child Protection Investigative Team.