Monday, 22 September 2014 12:04

Man Convicted of Child Rape and Other Charges

Daetrus Pilate Daetrus Pilate SCSO
MEMPHIS – Sep. 16, 2014 - A man already serving nine years in prison for injuring a sheriff’s deputy in a 2011 car chase has been convicted of sexually abusing a child for more than 10 years, Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich said Tuesday.
Daetrus Pilate, 41, was convicted Friday by a Criminal Court jury on charges of rape of a child, aggravated sexual battery, sexual battery by an authority figure and incest.
He faces up to 49 years in prison when he is sentenced Oct. 10 by Judge Lee Coffee.
The case was handled by Carrie Shelton, chief prosecutor of the DA’s Special Victims Unit (SVU), and assistant district attorney Katie Ratton, also of the SVU.
The unit 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 cooperatively with Shelby County’s multi-agency Child Protection Investigative Team.
Pilate was convicted in February of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer and intentionally evading arrest in a motor vehicle.
He led officers on a chase on Aug. 16, 2011, while they were trying to serve an arrest warrant charging him in the rape case.
The chase was captured on one deputy’s dashboard camera, including the moments when Pilate pulled into a driveway in the 6000 block of Whisper Valley.
He drove through the front yard and ran over the foot of deputy Toby Shaw. The officer fired at Pilate as he sped away, striking the fleeing fugitive in the shoulder. Pilate was arrested a short time later.