Thursday, May 20, 2010
Four Year Sentence Given To Statutory Rapist
A plea agreement has been reached in the case of a 25-year-old Putnam County man who had sex with a 14 year old girl two years ago. Officials say Darrell Wayne Rhea got the victim pregnant and she had a baby. And although he initially denied any sexual contact with her, officials say DNA testing revealed him to be the father. Rhea was originally charged with four counts of rape, but agreed to plead guilty to a reduced charge of statutory rape. He had been seeking probation in the case, but that request was denied by Criminal Court Judge Leon Burns and Rhea was taken into custody to begin serving his sentence.