Former state trooper, local attorney indicted on sex charges

Benjamin Dempsey

Benjamin Dempsey

ronPARK

staff writer

The Carroll County Grand Jury returned over 60 indictments last week, including indictments against a

former officer with the Tennessee Highway Patrol and a practicing Huntingdon attorney.

Former Highway Patrolman David Rorer, 45, of McKenzie was indicted for solicitation of a

minor/sexual activity involving a minor.

David Rorer

David Rorer

In a separate case, the Grand Jury also returned a true bill against Huntingdon attorney Benjamin

Dempsey, 67, on a charge of sexual battery.

Rorer was charged following a joint investigation by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) and

the Tennessee Department of Human Services.

It is alleged that Rorer made inappropriate statements to an underage female in an attempt to initiate a

sexual relationship with her.

Bond for both Rorer and Dempsey was set at $1,000.

Dempsey, who heads up the Dempsey Law Office on the Court Square in Huntingdon, is accused of

engaging in unlawful sexual contact with a woman without her consent back on March 10 of this year.

Both Rorer and Dempsey were arraigned Monday in Carroll County Circuit Court.

Dempsey is being represented in court by fellow Huntingdon attorney Steve West.

“As the attorney for the honorable Benjamin Dempsey, I am very concerned as to the shortfall in due

process afforded Mr. Dempsey in the presentation of his case to the Grand Jury,” said West in a recent

press release. “Mr. Dempsey is not guilty and looks forward to establishing that fact.”

Information regarding Rorer’s legal counsel was not available as of press time Monday.

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Others indicted by the Grand Jury last week included:

•Joseph Cody Allen for aggravated burglary.

•Rommel Anderson for assault, aggravated assault, and domestic assault.

•Jeffrey B. Ashby for possession of methamphetamine with intent.

•Tyler James Ashby for aggravated burglary and theft of property up to $1,000.

•Booker Theadore Belew, Jr. for driving on a revoked license and DUI (third offense).

•William Michael Blackard for driving on a revoked license and habitual traffic offender.

•Demario Montez Borum for reckless endangerment, child abuse/neglect/endangerment (two counts),

and aggravated assault.

•Charles Edward Bright for felony escape.

•Breanna Lynn Buddie for promoting the manufacture of meth.

•Jonathan Chance Burke for aggravated burglary, theft of property up to $1,000, and aggravated criminal

trespassing.

•Mark Anthony Campbell for driving on a suspended license, theft of property up to $10,000, failure to

appear, and burglary.

•Allen Eugene Carter for domestic assault and aggravated assault (two counts).

•Michael Edward Connell for domestic assault (two counts).

•Toni Craig for failure to appear.

•Joshua Allen Dailey for driving on a suspended license, possession of drug paraphernalia, failure to

appear, felony failure to appear, parking on the highway, possession of meth with intent, and simple

possession/casual exchange (two counts).

•Brandon Edward Fisher for expired registration, felony failure to appear, evading arrest, reckless

driving, and driving on a revoked license.

•Mae Helen Floyd for escape.

•Christopher Dale Fredrick for harassment, aggravated burglary, theft up to $500, theft of property up to

$10,000, and burglary.

•Joel Shane Fry for burglary, aggravated burglary, unlawful possession of a weapon, and theft of

property up to $10,000.

•Michael Antonio Gilbert for aggravated assault.

•Jonathan Wayne Goodrum for violation of sexual offender registration and community supervision

violation (two counts).

•Hayden Terry Green for domestic assault.

•James Hart resisting arrest and cruelty to animals.

•Jonathan Blake Hart for rape of a child (two counts) and aggravated sexual battery (two counts).

•Richard Bryan Hinson for aggravated assault, domestic assault, and interference with emergency calls.

•Jamocus Durez Jackson for evading arrest, domestic assault, unlawful possession of a weapon, and

aggravated assault (two counts).

•Joshua Eugene Jackson for a schedule VI drug violation.

•Alan Donald Jastrzembski for possession of drug paraphernalia, driving on a revoked license, and

possession of meth with intent.

•Jayante Daniel Jordan for aggravated burglary.

•Rickie Louis Jordan for sexual battery and rape.

•Kevin Thomas King for evading arrest, theft of property up to $1,000, and unlawful possession of a

weapon.

•Michael Stephen Knobloch for giving false reports to an officer and aggravated sexual battery.

•Rebecca Sue Lee for giving false reports to an officer.

•Shane Lowrance for writing worthless checks up to $500.

•Tommy Lee Manor for possession of meth with intent.

•Rickey Dale Marbry for habitual traffic offender, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving on a revoked

license, and violation of light law.

•Eric Dwayne Milton for felony failure to appear, driving on a revoked license, leaving the scene of an

accident, DUI (fourth or fifth), violation of financial responsibility, possession of drug paraphernalia, and

violation of implied consent.

•Keiandrea Milton for possession of drug paraphernalia, a schedule II drug violation, attempted child

abuse/neglect/endangerment (two counts), and a schedule VI drug violation.

•Garland D. Moore II for possession of drug paraphernalia and promoting the manufacture of meth.

•Misty Jean Moore for promoting the manufacture of meth and possession of drug paraphernalia.

•Kevin Thomas Moody for violation of financial responsibility, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving

on a suspended license, and possession of meth with intent.

•Jeremy Don Needham for simple possession/casual exchange, unlawful removal/alteration of

registration tag, reckless endangerment, DUI (first offense), light law violation, aggravated assault, evading

arrest, possession/casual exchange of meth, failure to exercise due care, violation of financial

responsibility, driving on a revoked license, and a seat belt violation.

•Shannon Jerome Pettigrew for resisting arrest, vandalism up to $500, aggravated assault (two counts),

and evading arrest.

•John T. Puckett for burglary of an automobile (three counts), theft up to $500, coercion of a witness,

unlawful possession of a weapon, theft up to $500 (two counts), resisting arrest, and disorderly conduct.

•Christopher Mentel Robertson for theft up to $500.

•Carlton Dean Rose for statutory rape by an authority figure (two counts), sexual battery by an authority

figure (two counts), and aggravated statutory rape (two counts).

•Laverna Leah Schmidlin for possession of meth with intent.

•Brandy Nicole Shultz for simple possession/casual exchange (two counts), possession/casual exchange

of meth, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

•Mary Ann Spears for aggravated assault.

•Shane Stephen Spears for domestic assault and aggravated assault.

•Leroy Richard Stocker for aggravated assault, child abuse/neglect/endangerment, leaving the scene of an

accident, possession of meth with intent, and domestic assault.

•Michael Wayne Taylor for driving on a revoked license, reckless driving, simple possession/casual

exchange, possession of drug paraphernalia, felony reckless endangerment, and evading arrest.

•Garrett Stephen for theft of property up to $10,000.

•Heather Lynette Westling for evading arrest, assault, resisting arrest, and reckless driving.

•Joseph David White for a registration plate violation, habitual traffic offender, and driving on a revoked

license.

•Windy Gage Wilson for possession of meth with intent, registration violation, contraband in a penal

facility, DUI (first offense), reckless driving, public intoxication, prohibited weapons, simple

possession/casual exchange, possession of drug paraphernalia (two counts), violation of financial

responsibility, leaving the scene of an accident, possession of meth with intent, and open container.

•Tyler James Wojciuch for DUI (second offense).

•James Wesley Wood for possession of drug paraphernalia, driving on a suspended license, a schedule

VI drug violation, possession of meth with intent, evading arrest, and simple possession/casual exchange.

•Mark Douglas Wortham Jr. for felony failure to appear, aggravated stalking (two counts), violation of an

order of protection (four counts), failure to appear, simple possession/casual exchange, public intoxication,

writing worthless checks up to $10,000.

 

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