RuCo court convicts child molester

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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.
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September 21, 2010 at 12:53pm
Good riddence
September 21, 2010 at 4:23pm
September 24, 2010 at 5:42am
PLEASE, Judge Bragg, send a message to all child molesters who come to your court. Give this creep the maximum on all counts.
September 24, 2010 at 8:23am
I think they should take each sex offender and opperate on them. It should be manditory. Then send them to prison. While in prison administer a work program and have them pay the victem for life. If they get released they still pay the victem. If they fail, they go back to prison. There shouldnt be a registry for them in my opinion. They need to be jailed for life. Let someone hurt any of my 5 kids and see what happens.
January 20, 2011 at 9:30pm
I agree with all 3 comments! The sad thing is that the good citazens of Murfeesboro are the ones paying for these pigs because they cost the tax payers everytime a child has the courage to tell. I agree if the Judges in Murfreesboro would set an example and sentence the MONSTERS the maximum of years it would also save soooooo many children because these PERVERTS CAN'T BE FIXED!!!!!!!!!!!
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