(SHELBY COUNTY D.A. NEWS RELEASE) – A career criminal who also is on the Sex Offender Registry was sentenced to 30 years in prison with no parole Tuesday for sexually assaulting a 9-year-old girl, said Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich.
Defendant Tarvis Weatherly, 42, who was convicted in August of aggravated sexual battery, was sentenced by Criminal Court Judge Jennifer Mitchell.
According to trial testimony, the incident occurred on June 2, 2016, when the young girl was dropped off at a cousin’s home in the 2400 block of Brooklyn Ave. In the early-morning hours while others were asleep, Weatherly began rubbing the child’s private areas in a bedroom.
Weatherly, the boyfriend of the homeowner, was convicted in 1997 on nine counts of aggravated robbery and one count of theft of property over $1,000. He also is a registered sex offender for convictions of aggravated rape and aggravated sexual battery of an adult victim.
The case was handled by Asst. Dist. Attys. Devon Dennis and Cavett Ostner 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 with Shelby County’s multi-agency Child Protection Investigative Team.