A 24-year-old man was convicted Thursday of raping a young girl in South Memphis for a period of nearly 18 months beginning in 2014, said Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich.
A Criminal Court jury convicted Octavious Therion Wright of rape of a child, a felony that carries a minimum of 25 years in prison without the possibility of parole. He will be sentenced later by Judge Jennifer Nichols.
The incidents occurred at his residence in the 1000 block of Wellington St. beginning in June of 2014 and ending in December of 2015 when teachers at the girl’s school noticed she was walking with discomfort. The girl was 6 years old when the sexual assaults began.
A second child rape case against Wright is pending.
The case was handled by Asst. Dist. Atty. Devon Lepeard of the DA’s Special Victims Unit (SVU) and by Asst. Dist. Atty. Michael McCusker.
SVU 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.