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Arrests made on indictments for child abuse, child rape

L-r are:  Mitchell King, Bernadette Davis, and Rodger Davis

Feb. 11, 2019 – Two separate investigations of alleged rape of a child were considered by the Sequatchie County Grand Jury in late January, resulting in several indictments.


Mitchell Wylie King, 37, of Signal Mountain, originally was indicted in 2016 on charges of aggravated sexual battery and sexual battery by an authority figure, with a trial date set for January 2019, but the District Attorney's Office added the charge “rape of a child” and re-presented the case to the Grand Jury last month. A “superseding indictment” was handed down Jan. 28 as a result, according to Detective Jody Lockhart.

The case originated in November 2016 from statements made by a girl at the Sequatchie County Middle School (SCMS) to the principal. According to Det. Lockhart, the charges allege a long-term history of abuse by the stepfather that spanned “a couple of years.”

King is out on bond, pending a trial date to be set in Circuit Court Feb. 20.


A Fredonia Mountain couple was arrested in December on multiple charges after a child at Griffith Elementary School told the School Resource Officer (SRO) of abuse.

Sequatchie County Det. Paul Howard investigated the charges, along with school staff and the Department of Children's Services (DCS).

They found out she had been (physically) abused by her mother, and her stepfather had been touching her,” Det. Lockhart said Monday.

The Grand Jury handed down indictments of both adults Jan. 28.

As a result, the stepfather, Rodger Dale Davis, 45, was arrested and charged with aggravated sexual battery, criminal attempt to commit child rape, and rape of a child. The mother, Bernadette Ann Margaret Davis, 41, stands charged with child abuse and neglect or child endangerment.

A total of five children, both girls and boys, were removed from the Davis home by authorities.

The Davises are being held at the Sequatchie County Jail.

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