Charles Curry, 31, must serve his sentence consecutively to the 10-year sentence he received on previous convictions involving theft, forgery, obtaining drugs by fraud and identity theft.
He was placed on probation for those crimes in December of 2011, but his probation was revoked when the rape case was filed last year. Curry was identified by DNA evidence and by photo identification.
Curry also has a pending federal prison sentence of more than 15 years for conspiracy to distribute cocaine.
The rape occurred on Nov. 16, 2009, when Curry dragged a 50-year-old woman into an abandoned house near Mississippi and Saxon and sexually assaulted her.
The case was handled by assistant district attorney Cavett Ostner of the DA’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.
SVU reviews child-victim cases cooperatively with Shelby County’s multi-agency Child Protection Investigative Team.