NEWPORT—Honorable Judge Cater Moore sentenced two Newport men this week on charges of rape and sexual battery.

On Tuesday, July 9, Franklin Smith, 43, Henry Street, was sentenced to 60 years at 100% after he was found guilty by a Cocke County Grand Jury of aggravated child rape, aggravated sexual battery, and incest.

Smith was convicted of the crimes in March of this year for the 2017 incident where he raped his then three-year-old daughter.

The case was investigated by former Cocke County Sheriff’s Office Detective Robert Thornton and leading prosecutor was Assistant District Attorney Mark Strange.

Smith will now be entering the appeal process.

“General Dunn would like to commend ADA Mark Strange, Robert Thornton, Jenny Stith with Safe Harbor and Brad Epps with DCS for their dedication to helping children of violent crimes,” a press release stated.

Sisk Sentenced

On Tuesday, Zachary Sisk, 28, City View Drive, pled guilty to three counts of aggravated sexual battery. Judge Moore sentenced Sisk to 10 years served at 100%.

Cocke County Sheriff Detective Bob Schaff was the lead detective and the Assistant District Attorney Joanne Sheldon was the lead prosecutor.

“General Dunn would like to commend ADA Joanne Sheldon, Bob Schaff, and Eric Ramsey, detectives with Cocke County Sheriff’s Office, Jenny Stith with Safe Harbor and Rodney Freeman with DCS for their dedication to helping children of violent crimes,” the press release stated.

“The office of the District Attorney General works diligently to protect some of our most vulnerable citizens, our children.”

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