A C Wharton's son released from Knox County jail

The son of Shelby County Mayor A C Wharton has been released from a Knox County jail.  A C Wharton III was charged with the statutory rape of a 13-year-old girl he met on the internet.

A C Wharton III will now be as a registered sex offender after pleading guilty to statutory rape of a 13-year-old.

Investigators claim last March the 35-year-old Wharton posed as a 20-year-old in an online chat room, struck up a conversation with a teenage girl, and then went to the teenage girl's house and had sex with her.
"He knew that she was underage and he just still...that's what he had on his mind," the girl's mother said last March.

But after four months behind bars, Wharton III reached a deal with Knox County prosecutors: a judge sentenced him to two years probation.

"This is not to level of defense at all, but he had some mental issues related to prescription drugs that caused him, well, contributed to his behavior," said Knox County Special Prosecutor John Gill. "In no way is it a defense of his behavior."

In June, a Germantown psychologist, Dr. John V. Ciocca, examined Wharton III in jail.

In a letter to Wharton's attorney, Ciocca said Wharton is:

  • is bi-polar,
  • has Adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • is addicted to Ambien, a prescription sleeping pill

Ciocca wrote, "He (Wharton III) admits to impulsive behavior when seeking or under the influence of excessive amounts of Ambien."

Ciocca also wrote, "Mr. Wharton takes full responsibility for his actions with regard to the current charge, and expresses appropriate remorse regarding the effects of his behavior on the victim."

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