Two (2) of the child victims were age 8 and one (1) was age 6 when Vinson sexually assaulted them.
In June 2011 a parent of one (1) of the child victims reported that Vinson touched her eight-year-old son in a sexual manner. The Memphis Police Department child abuse investigation discovered that Vinson had sexually assaulted two (2) additional victims. Each of the boys told investigators of Vinson’s sexual assaults.
Between October 26, 2009 and September 7th, 2011 Vinson approached the boys and their parents posing as a community service volunteer. Vinson took the boys on trips and outings and sexually assaulted them while they were in his care.
The investigation discovered Vinson rented a storage facility where he stored volumes of DVDs and CDs of child pornography. Included in storage was a recording of the sexual assault of these three (3) victims.
In his guilty plea to the court, Vinson agreed to eight (8) year sentences for each of the three (3) counts of aggravated sexual battery. Each eight (8) year sentence will run consecutively, with no possibility of parole.
Vinson also pled guilty to federal charges of possessing images of child pornography and transporting minors across state lines for the purposes of child sexual abuse. He awaits a federal sentence on those counts. Vinson’s twenty-four (24) year state sentence will run concurrently with his federal sentence. Vinson is also required to register with the Tennessee Violent Sexual Offender Registry and must submit to community supervision for life.
This guilty plea is a result of Shelby County's Child Protection Investigative Team’s (CPIT) collaborative approach to protecting children in our community. CPIT is a multi-agency panel focused on the review of criminal investigations involving violent and negligent crimes against child victims.
The plea was handled by assistant district attorney Jennifer Nichols, Chief Prosecutor of the Shelby County District Attorney General’s Special Victims Unit (SVU), and assistant district attorney Carrie Shelton also of SVU. SVU prosecutes cases of child sexual abuse and severe physical abuse of child victims; rape and aggravated rape of adult victims; elder and vulnerable adult abuse. SVU reviews child cases cooperatively with the Child Protection Investigative Team (CPIT).
Judge James Lammey presided.