Published: September 20, 2010
A Waverly man accused of having a sexually transmitted disease was convicted Friday of having sexual contact twice with a 6-year-old girl in 2009, a sheriff’s detective said Monday.
Defendant Freeman Ray Harrison Jr., 52, of Waverly was convicted by a Rutherford County Circuit Court jury on two counts of aggravated sexual battery of a minor and one count of reckless endangerment.
The aggravating circumstances involved Harrison having genital herpes and Hepatitis C when he had sexual relations with the girl Sept. 6, 2009 in Rutherford County, said Detective Sgt. Mickey McCullough who investigated the case for 4-1/2 months and testified at trial.
“He committed several sexual offenses against the 6-year-old underage child on the same date,” McCullough said.
Jurors selected Monday heard testimony from the girl, McCullough and other witnesses before Assistant District Attorney Laural Hemenway rested the state’s case. Defense attorney Hugh Garrett did not offer any witnesses for the defense. Jurors deliberated about eight hours before delivering the verdict Friday afternoon.
Circuit Court Judge David M. Bragg set sentencing for Harrison Nov. 12. Harrison faces of sentence of 12 to 20 years each on the aggravated sexual battery convictions and one to two years for the reckless endangerment conviction. He will be placed on the state’s sexual offender registry for life.
Harrison remains in custody at Rutherford County Adult Detention Center.