FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 28, 2014
Executive Assistant for Scott Ellington
Second Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney
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CONVICTED CHILD RAPIST HEADED TO PRISON
JONESBORO, AR – Scott Ellington, Prosecuting Attorney for the Second Judicial District of Arkansas, said Friday that a Jonesboro man that raped a minor girl will be spending the next three decades in prison
Ellington said Tedrick Turner, 30, of Jonesboro, pleaded guilty in Craighead County Circuit Court to raping a 10-year-old girl known to him. Circuit Judge Brent Davis sentenced Turner to 380 months (31 years, 8 months) in the Arkansas Department of Corrections, to be followed by a five year suspended sentence upon his release. In addition, at the request of prosecutors, Turner was ordered to register as a sex offender and to have no contact with the victim.
“There is no room in our community for sexual predators like Tedrick Turner,” Ellington said. “Mr. Turner will now pay the consequences of violating the innocence of this child behind bars where he belongs.”
The investigation began last May after the victim told law enforcement that Turner had vaginally penetrated her with his penis and fingers. In addition, the victim said that Turner committed oral sex upon her and requested that she let him take pictures of her nude.
Ellington praised Investigator Lesley Faulkner of the Arkansas State Police Crimes Against Children Division and Detective Ron Richardson of the Craighead County Sheriff’s Department for their tireless work on the case.
“This conviction and sentencing is proof of the top-notch investigation by Inv. Faulkner and Det. Richardson,” Ellington said. “We appreciate all they do to bring people like Mr. Turner to justice.”
The state was represented by Craighead County Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Alan Copelin. Jonesboro attorney Charlene Henry represented Turner.