published Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

Marion County man pleads guilty to statutory rape

A Whitwell, Tenn., man has pleaded guilty to charges that he raped a 16-year-old girl.

Christopher Conner, 33, of Whitwell, entered a guilty plea last week before Marion County Circuit Court Judge J. Curtis Smith to a charge of aggravated statutory rape, a class D felony, court records show.

Initially charged with statutory rape by an authority figure and sexual battery by an authority figure on July 20, his charges were amended on a defense motion, officials said.

For complete details, see tomorrow’s Times Free Press.

about Ben Benton...

Ben Benton is a news reporter at the Chattanooga Times Free Press. He covers Southeast Tennessee and previously covered North Georgia education. Ben has worked at the Times Free Press since November 2005, first covering Bledsoe and Sequatchie counties and later adding Marion, Grundy and other counties in the northern and western edges of the region to his coverage. He was born and raised in Cleveland, Tenn., a graduate of Bradley Central High School. Benton ...

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