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Judge drops statutory rape charge on Valladares-Toledo

On Sunday, May 31 recent Johnson County High School graduate, Carlos Valladares-Toledo Jr. (18) was pulled over by Johnson County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Adam Guinn during a routine traffic stop. During the stop, it was discovered that Valladares-Toledo was in the company of a 14-year-old juvenile that had been reported missing earlier that day. Upon further questioning at the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department, Valladares was subsequently arrested and booked on charges of statutory rape.
According to Johnson County Sheriff Mike Reece, Valladares spent approximately “a day and a half in jail.” Following his overnight in jail, Valladares awaited the traditional court appearances. Judge William Bliss Hawkins reviewed the case and determined that Valladares never should have been charged with statutory rape due to a six-month discrepancy between the alleged offender and the alleged victim.
Tennessee law states that in order for a statutory rape charge to be permissible there must be at least a four-year age difference between the offender and the minor victim. In the case of Valladares, there was a three year six month age difference. According to Judge Hawkins charging Valladares with statutory rape was “factually improbable,” which resulted in dismissal. When reached for comment, Sheriff Reece stated, “He never should have been charged” though he went on to say that his knowledge of the case was limited.
The Tomahawk will continue to follow the case and update readers should further action be taken as a result of the erroneous charge placed on Valladares.