3 face sex charges

Jul. 11, 2013 @ 11:07 PM

Three men — two of them over 60 years old — are facing charges involving sex crimes after they were arrested on sealed presentments issued by the Sevier County Grand Jury this week.

Gary L. Irwin, 61, of 905 Park Road 26 in Sevierville, is charged with rape of a child and aggravated sexual battery. He was being held Wednesday at the Sevier County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bond.

Roger Drake, 65, of 780 Gateway Lane in Seymour, was charged with two counts of two counts of aggravated sexual battery. He was released after posting $75,000 bond.

Chris Keith Weaver, 39, of 720 Green Fern Trail in Seymour, was charged with aggravated sexual battery, rape of a child and sale/loan or exhibiting of explicit materials to a minor He was being held Wednesday at the jail in lieu of $100,000 bond.

The grand jury is a panel of randomly selected county residents who meet in private to review criminal allegations to determine whether there is probable cause to believe a crime was committed. It does not determine guilt or innocence; it decides if a case should proceed to tiral.

The panel returns presentments when allegations are presented directly to it before the suspect is charged. Sealed presentments are kept confidential until the defendant is arrested.

jfarrell@themountainpress.com