published Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

Tennessee mother, boyfriend get 20 years in prison for pimping her teenage daughter

A Tullahoma, Tenn., mother accused in 2013 of pimping her teenage daughter to men in exchange for drugs has been sentenced along with her boyfriend to 20 years in prison.

Kimberly Michelle Breeden, 35, and Alvin Avery Overman, 40, both of Tullahoma, each pleaded guilty in Coffee County Circuit Court last Wednesday to seven counts of statutory rape by an authority figure and seven counts of incest, according to 14th Judicial District Assistant District Attorney Jason Ponder. The pleas were entered before Circuit Court Judge Craig Johnson.

There also were other counts of statutory rape against both Breeden and Overman that figured into sentencing, Ponder said Monday. The pair will remain free on bond until they turn themselves over to authorities July 9 to begin serving their sentences.

Breeden's attorney, Josh Powell, was out of town this week and unavailable for comment on the plea, and Overman's lawyer, Ed North, declined comment when reached Monday.

Tullahoma police launched an investigation in 2012 after the teen girl's father reported sexual activity between the girl and Breeden's then-boyfriend, Tullahoma Police Department detective Harry Conway said early in the investigation. The victim's first statement about activity in 2011 and 2012 led to charges against her mother, Overman, and Thomas John Hickerson Jr. and Andrea Maupins, two other men charged in the investigation, on allegations of having sex with the girl in exchange for crack cocaine, marijuana and alcohol.

Investigators said Breeden was accused with having sex with the girl, both alone and with the other men, and providing drugs and alcohol to her daughter, who was 13 and 14 years old at the time.

Maupins pleaded guilty last year to charges of statutory rape and was ordered to serve 45 days in jail on a two-year sentence, while Hickerson's case is pending, Ponder said. He said Hickerson has numerous prior drug-related convictions that will be weighed in the outcome of his case.

Ponder said a second round of indictments, including additional counts of statutory rape by an authority figure and incest, was issued in June 2013 after further interviews with the victim, now 16.

The prosecutor said the teen victim has undergone counseling and is "doing quite well in school." She has been living with other family members since the first charges were leveled.

Contact staff writer Ben Benton at bbenton@timesfreepress.com or twitter.com/BenBenton or www.facebook.com/ben.benton1 or 423-757-6569.

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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