Michael Marks, age 38, was arrested and charged on May 27th, after Memphis Police Department investigators determined he raped an 11 year-old girl while she was visiting family at the residence in Whitehaven on the evening of May 5th, 2010. Information from the investigation and at trial revealed that Marks, who resided at the home with his fiancée, took the girl into a vacant room of the house and raped her while her cousin and two other children were in another room at the residence. The young girl told her cousin what happened and they told Marks’ fiancée after she arrived at the home shortly after the incident. Marks’ fiancée confronted him on the scene. Marks admitted to his fiancée and to the victim’s parents that he raped the child. Marks later admitted to the rape in a statement to Memphis Police Department Child Sex Abuse investigators.
The case was reviewed by the Shelby County Child Protection and Investigative Team, (CPIT). CPIT reviews all reported cases of child abuse, neglect and sexual assault. CPIT, housed at the Memphis Child Advocacy Center, is comprised of investigators from local law enforcement and state agencies.
Under Tennessee law, rape of a child under the age of 13 is a class A felony, and by law, carries a mandatory 25 year sentence with no possibility of parole. The defendant must register with the Tennessee Sexual Offender Registry for the rest of his life. The defendant is also mandated to community supervision for life.
Assistant District Attorney Carrie Shelton, of the Shelby County District Attorney’s Special Victims Unit, prosecuted the case before Honorable Judge James Lammey.