‘Disturbing and appalling’: Nashville man convicted of raping 10-year-old boy, sexually abusing animals

A court of law has found Nashville resident Jeremy Ledbetter guilty of a litany of child rape charges, according to WKRN.

The 29-year-old was convicted of two counts of rape of a child, two counts of aggravated sexual battery of a victim under 13 years old, two counts of induce sexual activity by a minor and display of sexual acts to a minor under 13 years old.

Ledbetter was also found to be sexually abusing animals, in addition to his 10-year-old victim, as reported by FOX17. Prosecutors described the gruesome acts committed by the 29-year-old as one of the most “disturbing and appalling cases they had seen.”

The court heard three days of testimony, including testimony from the victim himself. He told the jury that the abuse occurred, unabated, for years, from the time he was 10 until he was 12.

Assistant District Attorney Chad Butler hopes that the guilty verdict will help the victim reclaim a piece of his shattered childhood.

“All victims of child sexual abuse who testify in front of their abusers are brave to do so,” he said. “The young victim, in this case, was particularly courageous for standing up and testifying about the type of humiliating abuse he suffered at the hands of Jeremy Ledbetter.”

The jury deliberated for only an hour before announcing their verdict, guilty on all counts. There has been no report as to how the convicted child rapist took the news of his pending imprisonment.

Ledbetter faces up to 134 years in prison. He will be sentenced on August 18.

[Featured Image: Metro Nashville Police Department]