Sunday, August 22, 2010

Sentencing Hearing Set For Convicted Rapist

An October 25th sentencing hearing has been set for a Cookeville man, convicted this month on charges of rape and sexual battery by an authority figure. Authorities say 37-year-old Terry Dewayne Neal of West Thomas Allen Road could face up to 12 years apiece on each count of rape and anywhere from three to six years on the sexual battery charges. Neal was originally charged last year with six counts of rape, four counts of sexual battery by an authority figure, five counts of aggravated sexual battery and five counts of rape of a child. He was convicted on four counts of rape and three counts of sexual battery. Investigators say the case involved an inappropriate relationship with a 13-year-old girl that allegedly went on for several years.