Smith County man sentenced to 176 years

Staff Reports • Updated Jan 10, 2014 at 6:09 PM

Thursday in Smith County, Judge John Wootten sentenced Larry Douglas Clemons to 176 years in prison. On November 4, 2013, as the state was presenting testimony of its prosecuting witness, Clemons requested that his trial be halted and asked to enter a plea of guilty on all charges. His sentencing was as combination of consecutive and concurrent sentences to the 33 charges in which Clemons pled guilty to in November 2013. Judge Wootten imposed a maximum penalty on each offense. All of the charges relate to a single minor female victim.

Clemons pled guilty to six counts of Trafficking for Sexual Servitude, one count of Attempted Trafficking for Sexual Servitude, one count of Especially Aggravated Sexual Exploitation of a Minor, fourteen counts of Aggravated Sexual Exploitation of a Minor, six counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor and five counts of Statutory Rape.

On August 6, 2012, TBI agents presented additional charges to a Smith County Grand Jury which resulted in a 25 count indictment. Those charges included Trafficking for Sexual Servitude, Attempted Trafficking for Sexual Servitude and Especially Aggravated Sexual Exploitation of a Minor. The search warrant that was executed at Clemons’ home yielded additional evidence about a juvenile victim of sex trafficking.

On August 2, 2012, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation arrested Clemons at his home after exchanging child pornography with another individual. TBI agents then executed a search warrant at his home at 103 Lebanon Road in Carthage, TN to gather evidence for the investigation after agents discovered that Clemons was engaged in illegal activities involving a minor.

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