ANDERSON COUNTY MAN CONVICTED OF RAPE OF A CHILD RECEIVES MAXIMUM SENTENCE

Clinton, Tennessee – June 2, 2023, Judge Ryan M. Spitzer sentenced Defendant Royce Scott Earley, age 45, to one hundred four (104) years in prison on two (2) counts of Rape of a Child, two (2) counts of Incest, and Aggravated Sexual Battery. Earley had been found guilty in a jury trial on or about February 16, 2023.

During the Sentencing Hearing, prosecutors argued for enhanced punishment and consecutive sentencing because of the severity of the convictions, the vulnerability of the minor child, and the Defendant’s lack of remorse and accountability for his actions.

The Judge found these crimes were especially egregious and sentenced Earley to forty (40) years on each count of Rape of a Child, twelve (12) years on the count of Aggravated Sexual Battery, and six (6) years on each count of incest. Judge Spitzer found that the victim of this case suffered mental anguish due to the abuse of the minor child by the Defendant, among other aggravating factors. Therefore, he ordered each count to run consecutively (one after the other) for an effective one hundred four (104) year sentence in prison and ordered the Defendant to be placed on the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Sexual Offender Registry and Community Supervision for the rest of his life.

The case was investigated by the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office with the assistance of the Child Advocacy Center, East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, and the Department of Children’s Services. Prosecutors Emily F. Abbott and Sarah W. Keith prosecuted this case on behalf of the State of the State of Tennessee. District Attorney General Dave Clark stated, “we try to manage a broken and overwhelmed criminal justice system every day. It is encouraging when things work like they should. On behalf of the people of our State, I am grateful to all those who helped achieve justice in this case; especially the young and courageous victim.’·

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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