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Kingsport man sentenced in rape of infant daughter

March 19th, 2014 3:29 pm by Rain Smith

Kingsport man sentenced in rape of infant daughter

Shawn Lee Wray, 29

BLOUNTVILLE — A Kingsport man has pleaded guilty to raping his 6-month-old daughter and inflicting abuse that left her with a fractured skull in 2012.

The Sullivan County District Attorney's Office reports the victim is currently living in a foster home where she is deeply loved and cared for.

Shawn Lee Wray, 29, appeared Monday in Sullivan County court in Blountville, pleading guilty to aggravated child abuse, aggravated sexual battery and violations of the sex offender registry.

He was previously convicted on a charge of aggravated sexual assault on a 13-year-old in Texas in 2006, but staying at a Kingsport residence with his daughter, girlfriend and other children at the time of the 2012 incident.

Sullivan County Assistant District Attorney Julie Canter reports Wray was sentenced Monday to 15 years in prison, followed by ten years of supervised probation. He'll also be subject to the sex offender registry and community supervision for life.

On July 9 of 2012, Kingsport police were called to Holston Valley Medical Center. The staff was treating Wray's infant daughter, who had reportedly sustained a severe skull fracture and injuries indicative of sexual abuse.

As detectives investigated the case, Wray was developed as a suspect and warrants were obtained for his arrest. The following day he turned himself in to authorities.

Wray has been held in the Sullivan County jail in Blountville since that time. He's currently awaiting law enforcement transport into the state prison system.

Canter says that despite the incident, Wray's daughter is much better off today than two years ago.

"She's in a good home with a loving foster family, who cares a great deal about her welfare," Canter said. "While all of this is very tragic, she's had somewhat of a happy ending, and has someone who loves and cares for her a great deal compared to where she was."

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