Dwight Gossett, 70, faces 8 to 12 years in prison with no parole when he is sentenced on April 1 by Criminal Court Judge Lee Coffee.
In 2012, Gossett was convicted of two counts of aggravated sexual battery involving the girl and her sister, but an appeals court overturned the convictions and awarded Gossett a new trial.
According to testimony in the trial last week, the 8-year-old victim took lunch to Gossett in 2010 in a room at his northeast Memphis home. Gossett stood up, unbuckled his pants, grabbed the child’s hand and placed it inside his pants.The girl pulled away and quickly left the room.
The trial was handled by Chief Prosecutor Carrie Shelton of the DA’s Special Victims Unit 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.