Thomas Wayne Brandon, Sr – Repeat Sex Offender chased out of Wal Mart


COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – A convicted sex offender is accused of exposing himself to an 8-year-old girl at a local store.

Dozens of angry shoppers chased him and held him until police arrived.

The girl’s parents are glad he was caught and hope he stays in jail.

Despite previous sex offense convictions, Thomas Wayne Brandon, Sr., was out of jail. He was wanted on charges in several counties.

Cookeville police said the girl was walking down a toy aisle in a Wal-Mart when the 57-year-old man exposed himself to her.

She ran and told her parents before pointing him out.

Police said he ran. The girl’s parents and other customers chased him.

Brandon waved knife and threatened several people. He wasn’t subdued until several customers pinned him down in the parking lot and an off-duty Gainsboro officer held him at gunpoint.

“We had just drilled her this week about strangers so I guess the Lord was preparing her for what was going to happen,” said her mother, Jo Andrews about her daughter.

Brandon faces aggravated assault and felony indecent exposure charges. Brandon is also wanted in East Tennessee for other offenses including solicitation of a minor, public indecency, and violation of sex offender registry act.

Brandon was charged with two counts of aggravated assault and one count of felony indecent exposure. He is currently being held without bond for related charges in Rhea and Roane counties.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”
………Sarah Tofte

Thomas Wayne Brandon, Sr – Repeat Sex Offender chased out of Wal Mart


COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – A convicted sex offender is accused of exposing himself to an 8-year-old girl at a local store.

Dozens of angry shoppers chased him and held him until police arrived.

The girl’s parents are glad he was caught and hope he stays in jail.

Despite previous sex offense convictions, Thomas Wayne Brandon, Sr., was out of jail. He was wanted on charges in several counties.

Cookeville police said the girl was walking down a toy aisle in a Wal-Mart when the 57-year-old man exposed himself to her.

She ran and told her parents before pointing him out.

Police said he ran. The girl’s parents and other customers chased him.

Brandon waved knife and threatened several people. He wasn’t subdued until several customers pinned him down in the parking lot and an off-duty Gainsboro officer held him at gunpoint.

“We had just drilled her this week about strangers so I guess the Lord was preparing her for what was going to happen,” said her mother, Jo Andrews about her daughter.

Brandon faces aggravated assault and felony indecent exposure charges. Brandon is also wanted in East Tennessee for other offenses including solicitation of a minor, public indecency, and violation of sex offender registry act.

Brandon was charged with two counts of aggravated assault and one count of felony indecent exposure. He is currently being held without bond for related charges in Rhea and Roane counties.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”
………Sarah Tofte

Anthony Phillips Denton – Minister Baby Raper pleads guilty


A former minister of a Fayetteville church pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges he molested young girls who attended his church 30 year ago, authorities said.

Anthony Phillips Denton, 56, who now lives in Jacksonville, Fla., pleaded guilty to 13 counts of taking indecent liberties with a child. The charges stem from incidents involving three girls between 1977 and 1981, when Denton was music minister at Berean Baptist Church.

Denton also entered an Alford plea to three counts of taking indecent liberties with a child. An Alford plea allows a defendant to avoid admitting guilt while acknowledging there is enough evidence to convict him.

As part of a plea agreement, he received three three-year prison sentences, which were suspended to probation. He also must register as a sex offende

Published in: on November 6, 2008 at 8:54 am  Leave a Comment  

Anthony Phillips Denton – Minister Baby Raper pleads guilty


A former minister of a Fayetteville church pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges he molested young girls who attended his church 30 year ago, authorities said.

Anthony Phillips Denton, 56, who now lives in Jacksonville, Fla., pleaded guilty to 13 counts of taking indecent liberties with a child. The charges stem from incidents involving three girls between 1977 and 1981, when Denton was music minister at Berean Baptist Church.

Denton also entered an Alford plea to three counts of taking indecent liberties with a child. An Alford plea allows a defendant to avoid admitting guilt while acknowledging there is enough evidence to convict him.

As part of a plea agreement, he received three three-year prison sentences, which were suspended to probation. He also must register as a sex offende

Published in: on November 6, 2008 at 8:54 am  Leave a Comment