Man charged with rape of teen girl he met through Facebook, police say

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A man is behind bars after Memphis police say he raped a teen girl he met on social media.

On May 26, officers responded to a forcible rape in the 1300 block of Michigan Street in South Memphis.

Officers were told a 16-year-old girl was sexually assaulted by a man she met through Facebook, according to an affidavit.

The victim told police the man messaged her offering to pay $200 for sex, records show.

The teen said she gave him her address and he picked her up.

Police identified the man as Anthony Lamar Denson, 22.

According to the affidavit, the victim told police once she got into the car Denson began driving around, touching and rubbing her body.

She told police she got scared and jumped out near Farrow Road and Yazoo Street.

Denson then allegedly pulled out a gun and forced her into the backseat, according to the affidavit.

He then allegedly pulled her pants down and forced her to have sex.

He threatened her with violence if she told anyone, records show.

Denson then drove the victim to a friend’s house and left.

The teen positively identified Denson in a photo lineup.

Denson previously pleaded guilty to Reckless Endangerment with a Deadly Weapon in Shelby County Criminal Court in 2019, records show.

He is charged with Aggravated Rape, Aggravated Kidnapping, Solicitation of a Minor, Promoting Prostitution, and Convicted Felon in Possession of a Handgun.


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