Memphis Man Gets 49 Years In Prison for Child Rape

Memphis Man Gets 49 Years In Prison for Child Rape

A Memphis man convicted of repeatedly raping and sexually abusing a young girl over a five-year period has been sentenced to 49 years in prison.
MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - A Memphis man convicted of repeatedly raping and sexually abusing a young girl over a five-year period has been sentenced to 49 years in prison.

Rickey Bell lived in the same house with the girl on Bryndale near Knight Arnold and South Mendenhall and began abusing her in 2007 when she was seven years old.

Bell, 48, continued to rape and sexually abuse the girl until August of 2012 when she confided in a school counselor who then notified police.

He was convicted last month in trial.

Shelby County Criminal Court Division VI Judge John Campbell sentenced Bell on Thursday to 25 years in prison for rape of a child and 12 years each on aggravated sexual battery and rape, all to be served consecutively with no parole.

Bell also was sentenced to six years in prison on each of two counts of sexual battery by an authority figure. Those sentences are to be served concurrently with the others.
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