Defendant Tony Sea also will be under Community Supervision for life and will be placed on the Sex Offender Registry. He pled guilty in Criminal Court where the settlement was approved by Judge Lee Coffee.
The cases occurred between September of 2000 and May of 2001 at homes or apartments in Binghampton, Frayser and Raleigh involving victims ranging in age from 21 to 45.
Sea broke in, sexually assaulted the women, indicated an unseen accomplice also was present and tied the victims with telephone cords before leaving.
DNA evidence of the then-unknown suspect was collected, examined by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and uploaded into the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS). In January 2012 the DNA matched that of Sea, who has multiple aliases, including Bryan Wrister, Tony Ardd, Tony Cea, Tony Seg and Eric Andre Wilson.
Further DNA returns linked Sea to the other rape cases.
The case was handled by Asst. Dist. Attys. Cavett Ostner 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.