Tourist Rapist Pleads Guilty

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Stanley Pearson, 26, recently pleaded guilty to aggravated rape stemming from an assault on a downtown Memphis tourist in October 2009, announced the Shelby County District Attorney's office Tuesday morning.

A grand jury returned the indictment on Pearson on March 3rd, and Pearson agreed to an 18-year sentence. Pearson is required to serve all 18 years of his sentence.

On October 3, 2009, Pearson encountered a British female tourist at the corner of Second and Vance downtown. He offered to help the woman find the nearest library, but instead led her to a vacant building at Second and Butler. That's when Pearson forcibly raped and robbed the woman.

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