March 8, 2011 – Shelby County District Attorney Amy P. Weirich, announced Tuesday that a Memphis man plead guilty to aggravated rape of a 24 year old tourist in October 2009.
A grand jury returned an indictment on defendant Stanley Pearson, 26. Pearson pleaded guilty to aggravated rape on March 3rd, 2011. Pearson agreed to a sentence of 18 years for the crime.
According to the investigation, on October 3, 2009, Pearson encountered the victim, (a female British tourist), downtown near Second and Vance. He pretended to befriend her and offered to help her find the nearest library. Pearson led the victim to an area behind a vacant building near Second and Butler. Pearson then attacked the woman, and forcibly raped and robbed her of money.
Pearson is to serve 100 percent of the eighteen year sentence. The prosecution was handled by Assistant District Attorney Abby Wallace.