MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Authorities have charged a man in connection to a rape case that went unsolved for nearly a year.
In February 2020, the 17-year-old victim told police she was walking to school in the area of Elvis Presley and Shelby Drive when a man approached her armed with a gun. He told her to get in his SUV and then drove her to the 4400 block of Dorff Drive where he raped her.
DNA testing linked Barrington Hunt, 27, to the crime, police said. He was arrested and charged with rape and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.
We went to the Whitehaven address listed for Hunt. Someone answered the door but said they have no comment.
Sandy Bromley, the head of the Shelby County Crime Victims and Rape Crisis Center says bringing sexual offenders to justice often takes time.
“Unfortunately, that’s just not how the system works,” Bromley said. “It does take up to eight months to get some of these DNA test results. It takes a little bit longer than that to build a solid investigation, move forward with prosecution, and then our criminal trials also take a long time as well.”
Bromley says one of the most important steps after a sexual assault is for the victim to get help from law enforcement and support from professionals who are understanding of what the victim is going through.
“We often have to talk to survivors about the fact that the responsibility for this crime ultimately lies in the offender’s hands and not theirs,” Bromley said. “So, that’s a constant reminder we’re having to make to survivors, to let them know it’s not their fault, and we do believe them.”
In 2015, Hunt was charged with the same crime, kidnapping and raping a 17- year-old who was on her way to school. And in 2014, he was charged with the statutory rape of a 14-year-old girl.