From Charme Allen, District Attorney General-Knoxville Tn.
Man Convicted of Raping Ten-Year-Old Receives Forty-Year Sentence
Prosecutors in DA Charme Allen’s Child Abuse Unit obtained a forty-year sentence against a man who raped a ten-year-old child. Cody Lynn Wyrick, 25, was convicted of Rape of a Child, Rape, and Aggravated Sexual Battery. Judge Steve Sword sentenced Wyrick to serve forty years in prison without the possibility of parole.
In a two-day trial in May, Assistant District Attorneys Sarah Keith and Tammy Hicks explained to the jury that from March through July, 2012, Wyrick was a houseguest babysitting the ten-year-old victim and siblings. Wyrick used a game of hide-and-seek as a chance to isolate the victim in a bathroom, where he raped and sexually assaulted the child. On a second occasion, Wyrick sexually assaulted the same victim in a bedroom. The victim disclosed the rape five years later. Knox County Sheriff’s Office Detective Jason Myers interviewed Wyrick who confessed to both events.