Knox County District Attorney General - Charme P. Allen

Defendant Convicted after Impregnating Child Twice

Posted: 06/07/2017

Prosecutors in DA Charme Allen’s Child Abuse Unit obtained convictions against a child rapist who impregnated a child twice, once when she was ten and once when she was eleven.  Trendell Ray Brady, 34, was convicted of two counts of Rape of a Child.  At a sentencing hearing to be held on July 20, prosecutors will seek the maximum penalty, eighty years in prison.

In a three-day trial before Judge Steve Sword, Assistant District Attorneys Nate Ogle and Ashley McDermott presented evidence to the jury that beginning in 2003, when the victim was seven years old, Brady started dating a family member of the victim and occasionally babysat for the victim and her siblings.  During this period, Brady began to molest and sexually assault the victim, eventually escalating the assaults to include sexual intercourse with the child.  When the victim was ten, she became pregnant, and fetal DNA evidence matched Brady.  Months later, when the victim was eleven, she again became pregnant with DNA evidence corroborating that Brady is the father.  The authorities were eventually alerted, and Knoxville Police Department Investigator Patricia Tipton interviewed Brady who admitted having sex with the child.  At trial, despite his confession to Inv. Tipton and numerous admission on recorded jail phone calls, Brady tried to blame his twin brother.  The jury found otherwise.

“There are not enough years in prison Brady can serve to repair the damage that has been done,” said DA Charme Allen.  “However, I trust that the sentence in this case will ensure that Brady is never again able to harm a child.”

Each count of Rape of a Child carries a punishment between twenty-five and forty years.  Prosecutors will ask the Judge for the maximum sentence on each count to run consecutive to each other for a total effective sentence of eighty years in prison without the possibility of parole.  In addition to finding Brady guilty, the jury also assessed fines totaling $100,000. 

If you have any questions, please contact Sean McDermott at 865-215-2515 or sean.mcdermott@knoxcounty.org.  For more information about the District Attorney’s Office, visit our website at www.knoxcounty.org/dag and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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