FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
January 7, 2016
(Nashville, TN) A six-year-old girl is being credited with helping to secure a conviction against the man who raped her. Following three hours of deliberation, a Davidson County jury on Wednesday found Brandon Clymer, 31, guilty of Rape of a Child. Assistant District Attorney Chad Butler said the victim reported the crime to her mother as soon as it happened and was able to give a detailed description, which assisted in the prosecution. “Because the little girl’s mother talked to her at an early age about her body, inappropriate touching and abuse, she knew that the defendant’s actions were wrong and should be reported,” Butler said. “This case serves as a reminder to parents to talk to their children about sexual abuse and assure them it is okay to report it.” According to the Nashville Sexual Assault Center, national statistics show that 1 in 3 girls and 1 in 7 boys is sexually abused before his or her 18th birthday and most victims know their perpetrator.
Clymer had been considered a family friend. He faces 25 to 40 years in prison when he is sentenced on February 17, 2016.
For information on preventing child sexual abuse visit: www.sacenter.org/home or call the 24 hour crisis and support line at 1-800-879-1999.