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Accused serial sex offender faces judge

Kim Eddy (Courtesy Shelby-Sheriff.org) Kim Eddy (Courtesy Shelby-Sheriff.org)

Kim Eddy, a Memphis man accused of forcing his way into apartments in East Memphis and the Cordova area and sexually assaulting the women inside, faced a judge Wednesday morning.

In court, Eddy faced a judge through a web cam and heard the multiple charges against him, including aggravated rape, robbery, assault and burglary.

Action News 5 has learned the District Attorney's office had the chance to put Eddy behind bars for a felony before the string of assaults happened, but it appears bureaucracy got in the way.

According to court documents, Eddy was arrested in Georgia on March 28.  At the time, he was inside one of two cars stolen during a March 6th burglary in Shelby County.

On the day he was arrested in Georgia, the Shelby County Sheriff's Department asked the District Attorney's office if it wanted to bring Eddy back to Shelby County in order to prosecute him.

According to Jennifer Donnals, a spokesperson for the District Attorney's office, Eddy was only facing three misdemeanor warrants at the time.

"We extradite in all felony cases," Donnals said. "When it's a misdemeanor, we have to make a decision."

So why didn't the Sheriff's Department mention Eddy was a suspect in the felony burglary?  The answer to that is not clear.  No one from the Sheriff's Department was available for comment Wednesday.

Also Wednesday, Action News 5 learned that Eddy forced his way into at least one apartment after convincing the victim he was a satellite repairman.  That particular crime happened at an apartment complex off Summer Avenue.  According to the victim's husband, Eddy robbed his wife and threatened to kill his son.

Officials said Eddy may have claimed to be an apartment complex maintenance man in other cases.

Memphis Police Major Joe Scott stressed caution when answering the door.

"If you don't know them; if you can't verify it; if you are home alone; if you are not in a situation where you feel comfortable - don't answer the door," Scott said. "If they don't leave, call 911."


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