UPDATE: Oak Ridge Couple charged in brutal death, rape torture of woman

Warning, this story has graphic detail that may be disturbing to readers.

UPDATE: A couple is facing first degree murder charges after police say they lured a woman into their home, beat her, raped her, tortured her, and left her for dead.

Oak Ridge Police responded to a possible homicide call in the 300 block of East Fairview Road around 7:30pm Wednesday.

Oak Ridge Police SWAT and members of the 7th Judicial Crime Task Force were able to execute a search warrant obtained by police and District Attorney General Dave Clark’s office for the residence around 4:30 a.m. Thursday.

During the search, they found the body of a 36-year-old woman. The identity of the woman is being withheld pending notification of the family.

Sean Finnegan and Rebecca Dishman were arrested.

According to the warrants, Finnegan and Dishman lured the woman into the residence with the promise of a place to stay.

Once at the home the two held the woman against her will, attacked her with a baseball bat, tortured, raped, deprived her of food and medical care, strangled her to death and left her broken body in a stand-up freezer, the warrants said.

She was chained to a bed and shackled with a dog collar, said the warrants, which were filed in Anderson County General Sessions Court in Oak Ridge. She was struck on the head and an arm with a baseball bat so she wouldn’t resist or try to escape the attacks, and her arms were bound with zip ties, the warrants said.

Once she was incapacitated, the two defendants in the case, Sean Finnegan, 52, and Rebecca Dishman, 22, both of Oak Ridge, repeatedly raped her before strangling her, causing her to die, the warrants said.

After she was killed, the defendants, Finnegan and Dishman, cut off body parts and broke ligaments and bones in order to put her body into a stand-up freezer, the warrants said. Moore called the mistreatment of the corpse “shocking and offensive.”

When Finnegan knew there would be an investigation, he moved the frozen decomposing body from the freezer and hid it under his bed, the warrants said. He allegedly cleaned the inside of the freezer to remove evidence.

Dishman, meanwhile, used “bleach and a swiffer” to clean up blood and other bodily fluids from the living room floors and bedroom floor, and she used bleach and the bathroom shower to clean the victim’s body of evidence, the warrants said.

It’s not clear when most of the alleged crimes occurred. The affidavits said they occurred on or after December 23, 2019.

The warrants said both Finnegan and Dishman admitted to their crimes after being read their Miranda rights.

They have each been charged with four felonies: first-degree murder, aggravated kidnapping, abuse of a corpse, and tampering with evidence. Each also faces one additional felony charge: Finnegan has been charged with aggravated rape, and Dishman has been charged with aggravated sexual battery.

The Oak Ridge Police Department responded to the report of a possible homicide at the home on East Fairview Road at about 7:39 p.m. Wednesday.

Members of the ORPD Criminal Investigation Division and representatives of the Seventh Judicial District Attorney General’s Office worked through the night to investigate and were able to identify two suspects, according to a press release from the City of Oak Ridge on Thursday morning.

At 4:26 a.m. Thursday, a search warrant was served at the home with help from ORPD SWAT and members of the Seventh Judicial District Crime Task Force.

The 36-year-old woman who died was found during the search of the home.

Finnegan and Dishman each face charges of first-degree murder, aggravated kidnapping, abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence. Finnegan faces additional aggravated rape and abuse of a corpse charges. Dishman faces additional aggravated sexual battery and tampering with evidence charges.

Both suspects remain in jail and the investigation is ongoing.

Original Story

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (Aug. 6, 2020) – Two suspects are in custody in connection to a homicide that was reported on the 300-block of East Fairview Road Wednesday evening.

Oak Ridge Police Department officers responded to the home on Aug. 5, 2020, at about 7:39 p.m. regarding a possible homicide.

Members of the ORPD Criminal Investigation Division, along with representatives of the District Attorney General’s Office, worked through the night to investigate and were able to identify two suspects, Sean Finnegan and Rebecca Dishman.

At 4:26 a.m. Thursday, a search warrant was served at the residence, with assistance of ORPD SWAT and members of the 7th Judicial Crime Task Force.

A search of the home located the body of a 36-year-old female who died from an apparent homicide. The identity of the victim is being withheld pending notification of the family.

Both suspects remain in custody. The investigation is ongoing and no further information will be released at this time.

Anyone with information that may help investigators is asked to call ORPD at (865) 425-4399. Crime tips can also be submitted online at http://oakridgetn.gov/department/ORPD/Home. Information can be given anonymously.

Sean Finnegan, 52

Charges: Abuse of a Corpse, Aggravated Kidnapping, Aggravated Rape, Murder 1st Degree, Tampering with Evidence. No Bond set as of 10:40 am

Rebecca Dishman, 22

Charges: Abuse of a Corpse, Aggravated Kidnapping, Aggravated Rape, Murder 1st Degree, Tampering with Evidence. No Bond set as of 10:40 am

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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