13-year-old charged with rape of child

Feb. 26, 2013 @ 03:59 PM

A 13-year-old male is in juvenile detention awaiting at Thursday hearing where he'll face charges of aggravated kidnapping and rape of a child.

A press release from the Sevier County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday said officials were called to a Herman Snyder Way home at 6:16 p.m., Saturday by the mother of a 6-year-old child who was reportedly assaulted by a 13-year-old male.

The release indicates the woman's 6- and 4-year-old children were playing outside when the brother came into the home and told his mother that his sister had walked away with a man. The mother went outside the home and started yelling for her daughter, who came out of the woods behind the home with a rope tied around her wrist and partially clothed. The girl reportedly told her mother the man sexually assaulted her.

When officers responded to the scene, a K-9 was brought in by Sevierville Police Department, and the dog tracked to a location in the woods where some of the victim's clothes were found. Detective James Breeden was able to collect several items of evidence from the scene to be analyzed for DNA.

After an exhaustive search that stretched into the early morning hours and interviews with homeowners, a suspect was developed. The child was taken to Children’s Hospital in Knoxville that night to receive treatment for injuries that occurred during the assault and was able to give officers a description of the male subject.

On Monday Feb. 25,  after obtaining additional evidence, juvenile petitions were obtained on the 13-year-old suspect and he was arrested and charged with aggravated kidnapping and rape of a child. He was taken to the Sevier County Juvenile Facility where he is being held pending a hearing in Sevier County Juvenile Court on Thursday, Feb 28.