Sunday, 04 November 2012 11:30

Caregiver Convicted of Rape and Abuse of a Vulnerable Adult Male

Tawana Rochelle Jones 12210419 Tawana Rochelle Jones 12210419 SCSO
MEMPHIS, TN – On Wednesday, October 31st, 2012, a Shelby County jury convicted Tawana Rochelle Jones, age 35, of rape and willful abuse, neglect or exploitation of a vulnerable adult male in her care.
Evidence at trial revealed that Jones, while employed by a care home, forced a male in her care to perform sexual acts with her sometime between January 1st, 2011 and March 8th, 2011. The victim, a vulnerable adult male age 32, told the care facility manager about the incident. The care facility management reported the incident to police in March 2011. Jones worked inside the victim’s apartment he shared with another vulnerable adult in a community supported services complex, from November of 2010 until March of 2011. Jones confronted the victim in his bedroom. Jones stripped nude in front of the victim and made him perform sex acts. The male victim, who is diagnosed as mentally retarded with the mental capacity of a six year-old, was told by Tawana Jones not to tell anyone about the sex acts.A petition was filed with the state Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disability (DIDD) to have Tawana Jones prohibited from providing residential or other services for vulnerable adults. Jones is now listed on the Vulnerable Adult Abuse Registry
Rape is a class “B” felony with sentence range between eight (8) to thirty (30) years. Willful abuse, neglect, or exploitation of a vulnerable adult is a class “E” felony with sentence range between one (1) to six (6) years. The case was prosecuted by assistant district attorney Terre Fratesi of the District Attorney’s Special Victim’s Unit and assistant district attorney Greg Gilbert, divison leader for Criminal Court Division VII. Judge Lee Coffee presided.