Defendant Nehemiah Rimmer, 30, was convicted this week – still without the victim cooperating or testifying - faces up to 25 years in prison with no parole when he is sentenced next month by Criminal Court Judge John Campbell.
Prosecutors instead relied on Rimmer’s 2006 confession after the incident and on his DNA recovered from the victim. He was originally charged at that time, but the indictment was dismissed three years later when the victim could not be located.
Rimmer was reindicted in 2015, and a year later his mother, former captain in the sheriff’s fugitive division Monica Johnson, was indicted on official misconduct and other charges for allegedly trying to intervene in her son’s rape case. Her charges remain pending.
Rimmer also has a related charge of conspiracy to commit coercion of a witness.
The trial this week was handled by Asst. Dist. Attys. Lessie Rainey and Dru Carpenter of the DA’s Special Victims Unit (SVU) which prosecutes cases of aggravated child sexual abuse and severe physical 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.