Middle Tenn. man arrested, charged with multiple counts of rape

LEOMA, Tenn. — An investigation by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has resulted in a Leoma man being arrested and charged with multiple counts of rape, in addition to other charges.

In February, TBI agents began investigating Stephen Purcell Jr. on allegations of rape, according to a release from the TBI.

The investigation revealed that Purcell allegedly held the victim against her will and sexually assaulted her, the release states.

On Thursday, the Lawrence County grand jury returned indictments charging Purcell with four counts of aggravated rape, four counts of rape, one count of aggravated kidnapping, one count of aggravated assault and one count of domestic assault.

Purcell was arrested Thursday night and booked into the Lawrence County Jail. He is currently being held in lieu of $250,000 bond.


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