Jury Verdict Returned on Defendant Royce Scott Earley

Following an investigation by the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office and indictments by the Anderson County Grand Jury in March of 2020, Royce Scott Earley, age 45, was charged with Rape of a Child x3 and Incest x3. Mr. Earley has remained out on bond since the charging of this case in December 2019.

Prosecutors obtained convictions against a man who raped his eight (8) year old daughter. Royce Scott Earley, age 45, was found guilty on February 16, 2023 after a three (3) day trial, on Rape of a Child x2, Incest x2, and Aggravated Sexual Battery. The Defendant’s bond was revoked and he was taken into custody immediately. Judge Ryan M. Spitzer set the case for a sentencing on March 27, 2023.

In the three (3) day trial, Assistant District Attorneys Emily F. Abbott and Sarah W. Keith, explained to the jury that between November 1, 2019 and December 15, 2019, the victim in this matter was raped by the Defendant who was her father. Officers and Detective Slater from the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office arrived on scene and conducted their investigation.

General Clark would like to thank the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office, East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, Assistant District Attorneys Emily F. Abbott and Sarah W. Keith, Judge Ryan M. Spitzer, the Anderson County Criminal Court staff, and the jurors for their exceptional work during the investigation of this case and prosecution of the Defendant. Assistant Victim Witness Coordinator, Katherine Sellers, aided in the prosecution of this case as well.

General Clark remarked “may the delivery of justice and blessings of the almighty allow our young victim to continue in her recovery from the trauma she suffered.”

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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