Wednesday, 18 December 2013 09:07

Defendants Plead Guilty in Two Separate Child Rape Cases

Ronald K. Curry - Khamsan Keophila Ronald K. Curry - Khamsan Keophila SCSO
MEMPHIS, TN, December 17, 2013 - A 45-year-old man was sentenced to 25 years in prison with no parole after he pleaded guilty to raping a 3-year-old girl in August, said Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich.
The incident involving defendant Khamprason Keophila was reported on Aug. 24 when the child’s mother discovered a video of the sexual assault on her 5-year-old son’s cell phone.
The crime occurred in the 1400 block of Maxine in southeast Memphis near Cherry Road and Quince Road.
Keophila’s sentence must be served at 100 percent and he will be under community supervision for life as a violent sexual offender.
Criminal Court Judge W. Mark Ward approved the plea.
In a second child-rape guilty plea on Tuesday, December 17th, Ronald Curry, 24, admitted sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl and was sentenced to 25 years in prison with no parole and was placed under community supervision for life as a violent sexual offender.
Police investigators said the incident occurred on June 17 last year in the 2500 block of Wellons in Frayser.
DNA tests showed the girl had become pregnant and that Curry was responsible by a probability of greater than 99 percent. The pregnancy was terminated.
Curry’s guilty plea and sentence was approved by Criminal Court Judge Chris Craft.
Both cases were prosecuted by assistant district attorneys Jennifer Nichols and Carrie Shelton of the Special Victims Unit (SVU).
Nichols is the chief prosecutor of the SVU which handles 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 Shelby County's multi-agency Child Protection Investigative Team.