Knox County District Attorney General - Charme P. Allen

Child Rapist Sentenced to 80 Years after Impregnating Child Twice

Posted: 07/20/2017

Prosecutors in DA Charme Allen’s Child Abuse Unit obtained the maximum sentence of eighty years against a child rapist who impregnated a child twice, once when she was ten and once when she was eleven.  At a jury trial in June, Trendell Ray Brady, 34, was convicted of two counts of Rape of a Child.  At a sentencing hearing today before Judge Steve Sword prosecutors sought and obtained the maximum penalty, eighty years in prison without the possibility of parole.

In a three-day trial, 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 not alerted for several years, but as soon as they were notified, 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, the lengthy sentence in this case will ensure that Brady is never again able to harm a child.”

Each count of Rape of a Child carried a punishment between twenty-five and forty years.  Prosecutors asked 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. 

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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