December 15th, 2011 - Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich announced that Stacy Hopkins was indicted by a Shelby County Grand Jury for three counts of statutory rape by an authority figure and two counts of soliciting sexual exploitation of a minor by electronic means.
Stacy Hopkins, age 28, was arrested by Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Investigators after they determined she transmitted nude, sexually explicit images of herself to underage students. The investigation further revealed that Hopkins, while employed as a teacher at Arlington High School, engaged in sexual intercourse with three underage Arlington High School students at various times in the course of a year.
Under Tennessee law, statutory rape by an authority figure is a Class C felony. Upon conviction carries a sentence of 3-15 years imprisonment, with no eligibility for probation. Soliciting sexual exploitation of a minor by electronic means is a Class E felony and carries a 1-6 year sentence upon conviction.
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On Friday, October 28th, 2011, Jorge Ricardo Rojas Morin pled guilty to the September 2010 robbery of a business and rape of the manager.
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September 30, 2011 - Shelby County Criminal Court Division Seven, Judge Lee Coffee, sentenced Jermaine Owens, age 27, to serve 125 years in prison.
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On Thursday September 1st, 2011, a jury in Shelby County Criminal Court Division Ten returned a guilty verdict against Byron Becton, age 47, of Memphis, for six counts of aggravated rape.
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August 27th, 2011 - A jury in Shelby County Criminal Court Division Seven has convicted Jermaine Owens, age 27, of two counts of especially aggravated kidnapping, two counts of especially aggravated robbery and one count of aggravated rape.
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July 21, 2011-Michael McVay was sentenced today in Criminal Court Division 4 for the sexual abuse and rape of a minor child in his care.
The jury in Criminal Court Division 4 convicted McVay On June 27th, 2011.
McVay, (age 51), the child’s step-grandfather, was sentenced to 25 years for rape of a child; 20 years for aggravated sexual battery; 20 years for rape and 10 years for sexual battery by an authority figure. The sentences run consecutively, for a total of 75 years imprisonment.
After serving sentence, McVay will be listed on the state of Tennessee Sex Offender Registry and ordered to Community Supervision for life, as required by state law.
Assistant District Attorneys Carrie Shelton and Brooks Yelverton prosecuted the case.
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June 27th, 2011- Late on Friday evening, June 24th, Michael McVay was found guilty of sexual abuse and rape of a minor child in his care.
McVay, (age 51), the child’s step-grandfather, started sexually abusing her in the year 2000, when she came to live with him at age 8, and the sexual abuse continued and escalated until the child was 15 years old.
The child and her mother lived at McVay’s home in Memphis off and on from 2000-2008. During this period, McVay abused the child several times and the instances of abuse often occurred while McVay kept the child in the afternoon, while her mother and grandmother worked.
The jury in Criminal Court Division 4 convicted McVay of rape of a child; rape; aggravated sexual battery; and sexual battery by an authority figure. McVay faces 25-55 years imprisonment for the charges. After serving sentence, McVay will be listed on the state of Tennessee Sex Offender Registry and ordered to Community Supervision for life, as required by state law.
McVay is scheduled for sentencing in Criminal Court Division 4 on July 14th, 2011.
Assistant District Attorneys Carrie Shelton and Brooks Yelverton prosecuted the case.
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March 8, 2011 – Shelby County District Attorney Amy P. Weirich, announced Tuesday that a Memphis man plead guilty to aggravated rape of a 24 year old tourist in October 2009.
A grand jury returned an indictment on defendant Stanley Pearson, 26. Pearson pleaded guilty to aggravated rape on March 3rd, 2011. Pearson agreed to a sentence of 18 years for the crime.
According to the investigation, on October 3, 2009, Pearson encountered the victim, (a female British tourist), downtown near Second and Vance. He pretended to befriend her and offered to help her find the nearest library. Pearson led the victim to an area behind a vacant building near Second and Butler. Pearson then attacked the woman, and forcibly raped and robbed her of money.
Pearson is to serve 100 percent of the eighteen year sentence. The prosecution was handled by Assistant District Attorney Abby Wallace.
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