Registered sex offender found guilty of raping Chattanooga woman

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A Hamilton County criminal court jury has unanimously found a registered sex offender guilty of raping a Chattanooga woman in 2018.

Chattanooga Police said that on January 3, 2018, the woman told officers she'd gotten off a bus around 7 a.m. on the 1800 block of Wilson Street, heading home from work.

That's when Anthony Lebron Vance grabbed her and dragged her behind several nearby duplexes, and raped her, according to Assistant District Attorney Andrew Coyle.

A police affidavit from the incident said that during the act, she reported that Vance told her he was a member of the Crips gang, that he had a gun in his pocket, and that if she called for police, he would kill her.

Police searched their database for suspects matching the description that were known to the neighborhood and who had a history of rape. Vance's name came up, and revealed he was also a registered sex offender in the state of Tennessee.

Police said Vance had previous sexual assault charges, and that his methods were similar to previous cases involving sexual assault, and that he lived in the area.

On Thursday, the jury unanimously found him guilty in the incident.

Judge Don Poole has set his sentencing for October 14, 2019.

General Coyle said Vance faces a sentence of 20 to 30 years in prison, and there may be mitigating circumstances that might lengthen that sentence, based on the defendant’s prior record.

This is a developing story - depend on us to update you as we learn more.



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