Man Pleads Guilty To 2001 Rape; Dentures Found At Scene

(SHELBY COUNTY D.A. NEWS RELEASE) - A 67-year-old man whose dentures were found at the scene of a sexual assault 16 years ago pled guilty to rape charges Monday and was sentenced to eight years in prison, said Shelby County Dist. Atty. Amy Weirich.

Thomas Maupin’s dentures were made while he was serving a prison sentence for the 1988 murder of a 6-year-old girl in Washington State. His name also was imprinted in the dentures.

The dentures were collected and tagged by crime scene investigators and placed in the police property room. A sexual assault kit including DNA evidence also was collected, but became part of a backlog that was not tested until many years later.

In July of 2016, the dentures were taken to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation for testing, and a partial DNA profile was developed that showed to be consistent with that of Maupin.

He entered his guilty plea before Criminal Court Judge Lee Coffee. The victim, who remains emotionally traumatized by the case, did not want to testify in a trial, and approved the settlement.

The rape occurred Aug. 19, 2001, when a 31-year-old woman walking in the 1200 block of Thomas Street north of Frayser Boulevard was approached by a motorist who got out of his car and began walking with her.

After a few moments, the man forced her into an alley and stabbed her with a metal object under her chin with such force that it struck the roof of her mouth. He also used the object to sexually assault her after forcing her to perform oral sex.

Maupin came to Memphis after serving 12 years in Washington for killing a young girl in Spokane, Wash. He was twice convicted and sentenced to 40 years in prison, but the convictions were overturned on appeal.

The Memphis rape case was handled by Asst. Dist. Atty. Abby Wallace who has been a member of the DA’s Special Victims Unit 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.

 

 


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