Knox County District Attorney General - Charme P. Allen

Man Convicted of Raping Ten-Year-Old

Posted: 05/29/2019

Prosecutors in DA Charme Allen’s Child Abuse Unit obtained multiple convictions against a man who raped a ten-year-old child.  Cody Lynn Wyrick, 25, was convicted of Rape of a Child, Rape, and Aggravated Sexual Battery.  Judge Steve Sword revoked Wyrick’s bond, ordered him into custody, and set the case for sentencing on July 12.

In a two-day trial, Assistant District Attorneys Sarah Keith and Tammy Hicks explained to the jury that from March through July, 2012, Wyrick was a houseguest babysitting the ten-year-old victim and siblings.  Wyrick used a game of hide-and-seek as a chance to isolate the victim in a bathroom, where he raped and sexually assaulted the child.  On a second occasion, Wyrick sexually assaulted the same victim in a bedroom.  The victim disclosed the rape five years later.  Knox County Sheriff’s Office Detective Jason Myers interviewed Wyrick who confessed to both events.

“Delayed disclosure in these cases is commonplace, but it can pose challenges to prosecution,” said DA Charme Allen.  “Thanks to the bravery of this victim and the hard work of law enforcement, this perpetrator is now behind bars.”

Rape of a Child is a Class A felony that carries a minimum penalty of twenty-five 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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