Gatlinburg man charged in rape of child

Dec. 18, 2012 @ 11:21 PM

SEVIERVILLE — Police here have charged a Gatlinburg man with raping a child.

Robert Thomas Bradford, 35, of 235 Ski Mountain Road Room 15 Gatlinburg, was charged last week with rape of a child in relation to an incident that allegedly happened in October.

According to the arrest warrant, Bradford was accused of molesting a child who was less than 5 years old in October.

“This was corroborated by a statement given by the defendant,” according to the warrant.

Sevierville Police spokesman Bob Stahlke said the department would not release further information to the media about the crime because they wanted to protect the identity of the victim.

Bradford was being held at the Sevier County Jail in lieu of $500,000 bond.

jfarrell@themountainpress.com