Wednesday, 28 January 2015 15:48

Businessman Indicted in Three Rape Cases

Mark Giannini Mark Giannini SCSO
MEMPHIS – Jan. 28, 2015 - A Shelby County businessman has been indicted on charges of rape and aggravated rape stemming from alleged assaults on three different women, Shelby County Dist. Atty. Amy Weirich said Wednesday.
One of the cases against Mark Giannini occurred in 2002, while the other two occurred in the past two years, according to the indictments that became public Wednesday.
He was arrested on a Shelby County warrant earlier this month in Pinellas County, Fla., and was returned to Memphis Tuesday night.
Giannini, 49, of the 11000 block of Old Meadow Road in Eads, initially was arrested last summer after a 25-year-old woman said he sexually assault her after she had gone with him to his home in June for a job interview.
He was charged with aggravated rape and was released on $150,000 bond. He has been indicted on three counts of aggravated rape in that case. Giannini was arraigned Wednesday in Criminal Court Division 6.
A Feb. 10 hearing date has been set to determine whether additional bonds will be placed on the two other indictments.
In one of those, Giannini is accused of raping a 23-year-old woman who worked for him. The incident allegedly occurred in September of 2013 at his Eads home.
The third indictment includes four counts of aggravated rape in which a 19-year-old employee said Giannini raped her at gunpoint in 2002 at the Registry Apartments in Cordova.
The case was reported to authorities last summer following publicity about Giannini’s arrest on the case in June.
The cases are being handled by Carrie Shelton, chief prosecutor 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.