Lauderdale County Man Convicted Of Sexually Abusing 10-Year-Old

(localmemphis.com) - A Lauderdale County jury found a Lauderdale County man guilty Wednesday on 38 counts for the sexual abuse and victimization of a 10-year-old child.

 

Gwayne Kennedy Williams was convicted of the Class A felony offenses of Rape of a child (8 counts), Class B felony offenses of Rape (3 counts), Class B felony offenses of Aggravated Sexual Battery (8 counts), Class C felony offenses of Incest (11 counts), Statutory Rape by an Authority Figure (3 counts), Class D felony offenses of Aggravated Statutory Rape (3 counts), and the Class E felony offenses of Violation of the Sex Offender Registry Act (2 counts).

Williams was originally indicted in June 2015, accused of abusing the child over a three-year period between 2013 and 2015. 

 

A sentencing hearing is scheduled for October 5, 2017, in the Lauderdale County Circuit Court. 

 

From The Tennessee District Attorney General:

As a result of prior felony convictions for 1st Degree Sexual Assault of a Child in 1991 and 2nd Degree Sexual Assault in 1989 in Dane County, Wisconsin, Williams is classified as a Multiple, Range II Offender for purposes of sentencing under Tennessee law.  Williams faces possible sentences of 25-40 years imprisonment for each of the Rape of a Child convictions; 12-20 years imprisonment for each of the Rape convictions; 12-20 years imprisonment for each of the Aggravated Sexual Battery convictions; 6-10 years imprisonment for the Incest convictions; 6-10 years imprisonment for each of the Statutory Rape by an Authority Figure convictions; 4-8 years imprisonment for each of the Aggravated Statutory Rape convictions, and 2-4 years imprisonment for each of the Violation of Sex Offender Registry convictions. Pursuant to state law, Williams will also be subject to Sex Offender Registration and Monitoring, as well as Community Supervision for Life, upon release from custody.

“This case demonstrates the continuing commitment of the District Attorney’s Office in aggressively prosecuting and holding accountable any person who sexually abuses a child in this district, especially those who use a position of trust or authority to do so, and I am glad that we were able to achieve justice for the minor victim and the Lauderdale County community in this case”, said District Attorney General Mike Dunavant.    

 


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