Wednesday, 27 July 2016 13:03

Man Convicted in Rape of 4-year-old Relative

MEMPHIS – A 24-year-old man has been convicted of raping a 4-year-old female relative, Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich said Monday.
Defendant Cordarius Franklin, who is being held in the Shelby County Jail, faces 25 to 52 years in prison with no parole when he is sentenced Aug. 26 by Criminal Court Judge Lee Coffee.
A jury Friday convicted Franklin of rape of a child, aggravated sexual battery and child abuse.
The incident occurred in December of 2013 in an apartment in the 4000 block of Druid Hill Drive in Frayser.
The case was handled by Asst. Dist. Attys. Jessica Shurson and Lessie Rainey 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 with Shelby County’s multi-agency Child Protection Investigative Team.