Monday, July 28 2014 7:40 AM EDT2014-07-28 11:40:21 GMT
(WMC) – A little girl lifeless at the bottom of a pool, drowning in plain sight. Her story has a happy ending, she was rescued by a friend who jumped in to save her. Do you know the signs when someoneMore >>
Tonight on WMC Action News 5 at 10, a hidden camera underwater experiment puts Mid-South moms and dads to the test.More >>
Monday, July 28 2014 7:39 AM EDT2014-07-28 11:39:12 GMT
(WMC) – WMC Action News 5 Superintendents Week kicked off with Arlington Schools Superintendent Tammy Mason. WMC Action News 5's Lindsey Brown asked Mason about what the school expects for the first day. "ThereMore >>
WMC Action News 5 Superintendents Week kicked off with Arlington Community Schools Superintendent Tammy Mason.More >>
Monday, July 28 2014 7:37 AM EDT2014-07-28 11:37:27 GMT
Following a bank robbery at a Memphis bank Saturday morning, Memphis police search for a suspectMore >>
Memphis police say Saturday afternoon's robbery at the SunTrust Bank on Poplar Avenue is connected to a string of other robberies. More >>
COVINGTON, TN -
(WMC-TV) - The West Tennessee teacher accused of having sex with students pleaded guilty to the crimes in court Thursday.
Cindy Clifton was a teacher at Crestview Middle School, when investigators said she performed sex acts on 10 students ranging in age from 14 to 17. She performed these acts in the classroom, and inside her home.
Cindy Clifton's guilty plea included 15 counts of aggravated statutory rape, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, furnishing alcohol to minors, and aggravated statutory rape by authority figure.
A total of 11 victims were identified during an investigation. Clifton was accused of having sex with 7 of those victims.The other four were given alcohol.
All of them were Clifton's students at Crestview Middle School in Covington.
She will serve an 11 year sentence, consisting of three years in prison and 8 years probation.
"Regardless of innocence or guilt knowing you're going to serve a lengthy sentence like this weighs heavy on you," said Clifton's attorney, Blake Ballin.
"Our overriding concern as prosecutors was to protect and shield the victims enduring what would have been a very public trial, being victimized all over again," said D.A. Mike Dunavant.
Action News 5's Justin Hanson spoke with Clifton's husband Thursday, and he said the worst part of this ordeal is having to tell his daughters. But the best thing for him to do right now in public is to say nothing at all.
Friday, July 25 2014 3:19 PM EDT2014-07-25 19:19:10 GMT
(WMC) – A prostitution sting was conducted at a Southaven hotel Thursday. As a result, the following 12 people were arrested: Preston K. Mitchell, 52, Memphis, Tenn., charged with procuring prostitutionMore >>
A prostitution sting was conducted at a Southaven hotel Thursday. Twelve people were arrested.More >>
Friday, July 25 2014 6:54 AM EDT2014-07-25 10:54:07 GMT
Leaders of Oasis Church say they received more than 1,000 inquiries about the free house, but those interested say it would cost too much to move the structure.More >>
A free house offer fell through for a Pascagoula church. Last month, WLOX reported that Oasis Church wanted to find a good home for an old house. Leaders posted the house on social media and Craigslist. The post went viral, but there were no takers. So this week, the house came crashing down.More >>
Thursday, July 24 2014 12:04 AM EDT2014-07-24 04:04:58 GMT
The victim of a vicious gang rape is warning other women in the metro area. The victim and her attorney talked about the attack exclusively with WLBT. The 35-year-old woman, whose identity we are protecting,More >>
The victim, whose identity we are protecting, said, "He put the gun to my head and told me to take my clothes off. And that's when I couldn't do nothing. I was just standing there crying. And the other dude came from behind the truck. He put one in my side. And they bent me over in my front seat and they started raping me over and over again." More >>