CRIME BRIEFS: Rape suspects to appear in court

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Two suspects charged in unrelated cases involving allegations of child rape are scheduled to be arraigned Monday, Dec. 17, in Rutherford County Circuit Court.

Both men were indicted by a Rutherford County grand jury, held during the first week of December.

Twenty-one-year-old Ryan Taylor, of Greenland Drive, is set to appear for one count of rape of a child and aggravated sexual battery, according to a Murfreesboro Police Department arrest report.

He is accused of forcing a 12-year-old girl to have sexual intercourse with him earlier this year.

Ronald Hicks, 66, will be arraigned on a charge of rape and sexual exploitation of a minor, as well as two counts of sexual battery by an authority figure, according to a Police Department arrest report.

Hicks, who is from Vonore, Tenn., allegedly assaulted a 14-year-old aspiring singer who he was hired to manage.

The incident occurred in May 2011 in the parking lot of Double Tree Hotel while Hicks and the girl were visiting Murfreesboro to watch a band perform.

Woman pleads to 4th DUI charge

A 44-year-old woman who was arrested this summer on a fourth offense of driving under the influence will lose her license for eight years as part of a plea agreement reached Friday in Rutherford County Circuit Court.

Kimberly A. Sidebottom has also been sentenced to one year in prison, which will be partially suspended upon completing 150 days in jail and completing an alcohol rehabilitation program. She was also ordered to serve one year of probation, in addition to paying court costs and fines.

In June, she was arrested and charged with a DUI fourth offense and violation of the ignition interlock device law, according to a Murfreesboro Police Department arrest report.

Sidebottom was taken into custody after she reportedly failed to complete field sobriety tests, at which point officers learned she was required to have an ignition interlock device installed in her car. However, there was no such device in the car she was driving when the incident occurred.
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