Man with lengthy criminal history accused of rape in Chattanooga

Man with lengthy criminal history accused of rape in Chattanooga

June 27th, 2014 by David Cobb in Local Regional News

Willie Bradley

Willie Bradley

Photo by WRCB-TV Channel 3 /Times Free Press.

An alleged rape early Wednesday morning sent a woman to Erlanger hospital with cuts and bruises on her face and head.

The man accused of attacking her is behind bars on a $250,000 bond awaiting a July 1 court date. It will be the latest chapter in his long history of run-ins with the law that includes a guilty plea to an attempted first-degree murder charge in 1995.

Police arrested Willie James Bradley, 53, at 2:35 p.m. Wednesday, about 12 hours after the alleged attack occurred inside a vacant house at 2012 Milne St.

The woman who said Bradley attacked her told police she had been riding with a friend and Bradley. She only knew Bradley as "Doc" and said her friend picked him up at the Kanku's at 3440 Wilcox Blvd.

According to an arrest affidavit, the woman stated she needed to use the restroom and Bradley said he knew of a place where they could stop.

They pulled over at the house on Milne Street and entered, at which time Bradley began the rape, the woman told police.

She said Bradley punched her during the struggle, and then Bradley ran away. Investigators found blood on the floor and walls.

Bradley pleaded guilty in 1999 to aggravated rape, a felony, and was sentenced to six years. He has also been charged with carjacking, theft, assault, robbery and kidnapping in the past.

In 2006 he pleaded guilty to violating the sex offender registry.

Contact staff writer David Cobb at or 423-757-6731.

In a previous story the Times Free Press reported testimony from a police officer given during a hearing with defendant Willie Bradley that could have misled readers. In that hearing, Bradley was charged with aggravated rape, aggravated assault and aggravated kidnapping. One of the officers who responded to the scene in the 2000 block of Milne Street said, "It was awful — blood spray everywhere. It was terrible," but according to District Attorney General Neal Pinkston, it was later announced in court that the blood was from Bradley and not the victim. Pinkston also said later court proceedings revealed the victim had multiple sources of DNA found within her which cast doubt on her version of events from the incident. He said those facts led prosecutors, who can only convict with evidence, to accept a reduced charge.