Thursday, 28 June 2012 16:55

Grandfather Found Guilty of Child Rape

MEMPHIS, TN – June 28, 2012 - District Attorney General Amy Weirich announced that a jury found Robert Brown, Sr. age 63, guilty of rape of a child and of criminal exposure to HIV. The jury reached their verdict after approximately twenty (20) minutes of deliberation.
The testimony revealed that Brown, who is HIV positive, repeatedly raped the child, his granddaughter, over a two year period between June 1, 2009 and February 17, 2011 at his home in North Memphis.
The proof at trial was that the victim’s grandmother took her to UT/LeBonheur after the child complained of genital pain. The medical examination revealed the child had findings of blunt force penetrating injury. The Memphis Police Department conducted the criminal investigation which included a confession by Brown who admitted to having sexual contact with the victim a year after he was notified of his HIV status by the Shelby County Health Department.
Rape of a child is a class "A" felony with a mandatory minimum twenty-five (25) year sentence, no possibility of parole and community supervision for life. Criminal exposure to HIV is a class “C” felony which carries three (3) to (15) years. Brown is scheduled for sentencing on July 27th, 2012. The State will seek the maximum sentences possible and for the sentences to be served consecutively to one another
The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Nichols, Chief Prosecutor for the D.A.'s Special Victims Prosecution Unit, and Assistant District Attorney Carrie Shelton in Criminal Court Division VIII. Judge Chris Craft presided.