Tuesday, 30 September 2014 16:39

Former Police Officer Sentenced to 11 years for Rape

Aaron Reinsberg Aaron Reinsberg SCSO
MEMPHIS - Sep. 30, 2014 -A former Memphis police officer convicted of raping an acquaintance from Beale Street last year was sentenced Tuesday to 11 years in prison with no parole, said Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich.
Aaron Reinsberg, 32, was convicted by a Criminal Court jury in July of raping a Rhodes College student who worked part-time at a Beale Street nightspot which was on the officer’s beat.
According to testimony, Reinsberg sought to meet up with the woman after his shift was over and accessed a county law enforcement database to find her home address.
The woman said she was intoxicated and unable to resist when Reinsberg came into her bedroom and raped her.
In a sentencing hearing Tuesday, Judge Chris Craft said the victim was particularly vulnerable because of intoxication and that Reinsberg abused his position of public trust as a police officer.
The judge said those enhancement factors played heavily into his decision to deny Reinsberg’s request for probation and to sentence him to 11 years in prison without parole.
The former officer also was sentenced to one year for official misconduct which will be served concurrently.
The case was handled by Carrie Shelton, chief prosecutor of the DA’s Special Victims Unit, and by assistant district attorney Abby Wallace.
The unit The case is being handled by the District Attorney’s Special Victims Unit (SVU) 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.