DeSoto Co. man convicted of rape

HERNANDO, Miss. (AP) - A Desoto County man has been convicted of

statutory rape in a case involving a 12-year-old girl.

Tommy Terrell Harden was found guilty after more than two days

of testimony and two hours of deliberation. The 36-year-old man has

been scheduled for sentencing in DeSoto County Circuit Court on

November 10. He was found guilty on Thursday.

Harden could receive a sentence of up to 20 years or life in


Prosecutor Susan Brewer says the victim told authorities that

Harden had begun "touching" her months before the rape and a

physical exam showed she had suffered injuries between August and

December of 2006.


Information from: DeSoto Times,

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