David Allen Hannah of Maryville pleads guilty to rape of teen
By J.J. Kindred | (firstname.lastname@example.org)
A Maryville man pleaded guilty in Blount County Circuit Court Tuesday to raping a 16-year-old girl in 2009.
With his attorney Rob White by his side, David Allen Hannah, 46, pleaded guilty to one count of attempted rape and one count of aggravated statutory rape, thus avoiding a jury trial that was scheduled to start today.
As part of the plea deal with Blount County Assistant District Attorney Clinton Frazier, Judge David Duggan sentenced Hannah to six years, including nine months in prison and the duration spent on supervised probation, as well as permanent registration as a violent sex offender.
According to a Sheriff’s Office report from the initial incident, the father of the victim told deputies on Dec. 23, 2009, the girl had been raped while spending the night at a friend’s house the day before.
The report said that between 12:30 and 1 a.m., the victim and her friend had gone to bed, but the friend got up and went into the living room. She next stated that she heard the door open and close, then she felt someone rubbing her back and looked over her shoulder and saw Hannah.
She said he pulled her shorts down and raped her.
“I told him to stop,” the victim told deputies in the report. “And he said, ‘It will be OK, nobody will ever know.’”
The victim said she fought back, causing Hannah to leave the room.
Hannah was not immediately arrested, as certain evidence was submitted for testing and the final results were returned at a later date, which allegedly connected Hannah to the crime.
Hannah turned himself in to authorities on Feb. 9, 2010, almost two months after the incident.