Monday, 23 September 2013 17:22

Ricky Bell Convicted of Rape of a Child, Aggravated Sexual Battery, Rape and Sexual Battery Charges

Rickey Bell Rickey Bell SCSO

MEMPHIS, TN - Thursday September 12, 2013 – A jury convicted Ricky Bell (age 48) of one (1) count each of rape of a child, aggravated sexual battery, rape and sexual battery by an authority figure.

Ricky Bell lived with the girl on Bryndale street the Oakhaven area of Memphis. Bell began sexually abusing her in March of 2007 when she was only seven (7) years of age. He continued to sexually abuse and rape her until August 2012. The crimes were reported to police on August 12, 2012 when the child confided in a school counselor. She reported that Bell made her submit to the repeated abuse.

Rape of child is a class "A" felony with a minimum sentence of twenty-five (25) years with no possibility of parole. Bell is required to register with the Tennessee Sexual Offender Registry as a child sex offender. He will be under community supervision for life.  Rape and aggravated sexual battery are each class "B" felonies, with a sentence range between eight (8) and twelve (12) years with no possibility of parole. Sexual battery by an authority figure is a class “C” felony with a sentence range between three (3) and six (6) years. 
 
Jennifer Nichols, Chief Prosecutor for the Shelby County District Attorney General’s Special Victims Unit (SVU), and assistant district attorney Terre Fratesi prosecuted the case.
SVU prosecutes cases of child sexual abuse and severe physical abuse of child victims; rape and aggravated rape of adult victims; elder and vulnerable adult abuse. SVU reviews child cases cooperatively with the Child Protection Investigative Team (CPIT). 
 
Judge John Campbell presided.