Monday, 09 January 2017 11:10

Man Convicted of Raping Woman at Nightclub

MEMPHIS – A Criminal Court jury has convicted a 26-year-old man of raping a woman at a nightclub where he found her passed out and lying on a couch in a VIP area of the club, Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich said Friday.
  The jury convicted defendant Ladarius Lockhart on Thursday after a two-day trial in which evidence included security video that recorded part of the sexual assault. He remains in custody and faces 8 to 12 years in prison when he is sentenced next month by Judge Chris Craft.
   The incident occurred around 3:30 a.m. on Aug. 31, 2014, at a nightclub on Winchester Road near Hickory Hill Road.
    Investigators said the woman, 43, was escorted by a friend to a sofa in the VIP area of the club after she became intoxicated from consuming alcohol and passed out. The woman said she later awakened to find a man had pulled up her skirt and was kissing and touching her private area.
    The woman said she was still groggy, but remembers the man moving her to a different couch where he continued the assault and then began opening a condom. As she became more alert and resisted, the man got up and left.
    A friend of the victim who soon learned of the assault confronted the suspect in the parking lot as he hid in a black Chevy Monte Carlo, but the man drove off before police arrived. Lockhart was developed as a suspect and was identified in photo lineups by the victim and several witnesses.
    The case was handled by Asst. Dist. Atty. Josh Corman of the DA’s Special Victims Unit which prosecutes cases of child sexual abuse and severe physical abuse of child victims; rape and aggravated rape of adult victims, and abuse of elderly and vulnerable adults.