Man pleads guilty to statutory rape of 15 year old
TRION, Georgia (WDEF) – A Trion man has entered a guilty plea of statutory rape of a 15 year old girl.
Jury selection was about to begin for the trial of 36 year old Tommy Lee Prince, when he entered the plea instead.
A Judge sentenced him last week to 10 years in prison and he will have to register as a sex offender.
Blackmon was dating the victim’s aunt last summer when a cousin alerted police about inappropriate text messages to the girl.
Prosecutors say she admitted they had sex (which was backed up by DNA evidence) and a search of his phone records revealed the text messages.
When investigators interviewed Blackmon, he said he was drunk on the night of the incident and blamed the girl for flirting with him.
“While we were completely ready for trial, the defendant took accountability for his actions and pled guilty,” said Chris Arnt, Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit District Attorney.
“This enabled us to resolve the case without forcing the victim to testify, and we were still able to secure a lengthy prison sentence for this sex offender.”