Murfreesboro suspect accused of “Sexual Battery by an Authority Figure”

A 73-year old Halls Hill Pike resident has been accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year old girl. The teenage victim told Murfreesboro detective Tommy Roberts what he called, “A very credible and compelling disclosure.”

According to the arrest report, Officer Dwana Shelton collected evidence and photographs that helped to support the victim’s statement. Suspect Wilson Hale was then interviewed at the police headquarters on S. Church Street and the case was later sent to a Rutherford County Grand Jury. 

After a Grand Jury reviewed the evidence, two charges of “Sexual Battery by an Authority Figure” landed Hale behind bars. He will appear before the courts on Monday, June 16th.

Source:

MPD Arrest Report #14-7017

TCA 39-13-522

39-13-522.  Rape of a child. 

(a) Rape of a child is the unlawful sexual penetration of a victim by the defendant or the defendant by a victim, if the victim is more than three (3) years of age but less than thirteen (13) years of age.

(b)  (1) Rape of a child is a Class A felony.

(2)  (A) Notwithstanding title 40, chapter 35, a person convicted of a violation of this section shall be punished as a Range II offender; however, the sentence imposed upon such person may, if appropriate, be within Range III but in no case shall it be lower than Range II.

(B) Section 39-13-525(a) shall not apply to a person sentenced under this subdivision (b)(2).

(C) Notwithstanding any law to the contrary, the board of parole may require, as a mandatory condition of supervision for any person convicted under this section, that the person be enrolled in a satellite-based monitoring program for the full extent of the person's term of supervision consistent with the requirements of § 40-39-302.

HISTORY: Acts 1992, ch. 878, § 1; 1997, ch. 406, § 2; 2005, ch. 353, § 14; 2006, ch. 890, § 22; 2007, ch. 501, § 1; 2011, ch. 306, § 1.

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