Wharton's son, accused of rape, appears in Knoxville courtroom

AC Wharton III
AC Wharton III

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.

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