The son of Shelby County Mayor AC Wharton appeared in a Knoxville courtroom Thursday morning.
AC Wharton III, 34, is charged with aggravated statutory rape. Investigators claim Wharton posed as a 20-year-old in an online chat room, where he met the victim. He later went to her home while her mother was gone, where the rape allegedly occurred.
Thursday, a judge rescheduled Wharton's preliminary hearing for April 12th, because Wharton's attorney was not present in the courtroom.