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Attorney: Counselor falsely accused of statutory rape

Cinnamon Davis (Source: Memphis Police Department) Cinnamon Davis (Source: Memphis Police Department)
Despite the suggestive photos posted on one of Davis' social media pages, Ballin says his client is too smart to get involved in this kind of entanglement. (Source: MySpace) Despite the suggestive photos posted on one of Davis' social media pages, Ballin says his client is too smart to get involved in this kind of entanglement. (Source: MySpace)

(WMC-TV) - The attorney for a Bartlett guidance counselor charged with statutory rape says his client is innocent.

Attorney Leslie Ballin claims his client, Cinnamon Davis, has been falsely accused.

"Ms. Davis has denied this allegation from the very beginning," Ballin said Tuesday.

The Varangon Academy guidance counselor is accused of engaging in a weekend of booze and sex with a 17-year-old who just graduated from the school for emotionally challenged boys.

"There was an initial investigation of the allegation around the school, and nothing was verified, and nothing ever came of it," Ballin said.

It's unclear, Ballin said, why a warrant for Davis' arrest would happen three months after the alleged weekend affair. The boy's mother told police her son disappeared the Friday of graduation in May, and did not turn up until late Sunday.

Ballin believes the youth's story needs closer inspection.

"Why would a young man make this up?  Trying to be big man on campus? Runaway from home and need to make an excuse as to where he was so he doesn't get in trouble?  We don't know. We're trying to get to the bottom of it," he said.

Despite the suggestive photos posted on one of Davis' social media pages, Ballin says his client is too smart to get involved in this kind of entanglement.

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"My client is a well-educated woman," he said. "I might add, a very attractive woman. Maybe that's why he picked her."

Ballin said the case may go to trial. Davis, he said, is no longer working at the school, and her livelihood is now in jeopardy.

Davis is due in court September 12th to provide a status update.

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