Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

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October 13, 2008

McCormic given two-year sentence in statutory rape, burglary cases

A Crossville area man accused in 2007 of breaking into a Lake Tansi area residence, having sex with a 16-year-old girl living in the residence, and stealing a vehicle, has pleaded guilty in Cumberland County Criminal Court and received a two-year prison sentence.

Justin Alan McCormic, 28, who at the time of his arrest in April of 2007 was living on Crestview Dr., was charged with burglary, theft more than $30,000 and aggravated statutory rape, according to a report filed at that time by Sheriff's Investigator John Haynes.

According to an affidavit of complaint filed with McCormic's arrest at the time, McCormic between March 9 and March 23, 2007, had sex with the 16-year-old which resulted in the teen giving birth in February of this year. The charge was raised to aggravated statutory rape because of the difference in ages between McCormic and the teen.

At the same time he was charged with statutory rape, McCormic was charged with burglary of a Warpath Dr. residence on March 23, the same residence where the teen lived, by cutting a screen and breaking a lock. He is accused of stealing $3,000 worth of personal property.

He was also accused of stealing a 2007 Toyota Matrix valued at $30,000 on that same date.

On Sept. 24 McCormic before Judge Leon Burns agreed to a sentencing agreement, pleading guilty to burglary and theft more than $1,000 and receiving two, two-year sentences to be served in prison.

He also pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of statutory rape and received a two-year sentence to be served in prison, with sentences to be served concurrently, or at the same time.

In other cases on the docket, the following took place.

Guilty plea

•Jessica Marie Brown, 22, child abuse and neglect, pleaded guilty to child neglect and will have a sentencing hearing Nov. 3 at 1 p.m.

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