JACKSBORO — A Campbell County man was sentenced to 12 years in prison — the maximum allowable — for statutory rape involving an underage victim.
Michael Joseph Kennedy, of Jellico, was sentenced by Criminal Court Judge Shayne Sexton to serve 12 years in the custody of the Tennessee Department of Corrections for aggravated statutory rape, statutory rape by an authority figure, and incest.
The victim, now 19, testified about the traumatic impact of the sexual abuse. Afterward, Sexton emphatically sentenced Kennedy to the “maximum allowed by law.”
Kennedy had pleaded guilty without an agreement as to the manner of how the sentence would be served, according to the office of District Attorney General Jared Effler.
The case against Kennedy was investigated by Jellico Police Department, with assistance from the Department of Children’s Services and the Campbell County Children’s Center. The case was prosecuted by assistant district attorney Lindsey Cadle.
In a separate case, Nichole Larae Marlow was sentenced to seven years in prison for introducing contraband into a penal institution. The charge stemmed from a discovery by Campbell County Sheriff’s Department corrections officers of 22 Suboxone strips concealed on Marlow during a search.
As he sentenced Marlow, Sexton cited the need to protect “the integrity of the jail” from the introduction of narcotics. Marlow had been free on bond, but was taken into custody at the hearing.
The case was prosecuted by assistant district attorney David Pollard.