Girl raped, kidnapped on walk to school

Man charged with kidnapping, raping teen as she walked to school
Barrington Hunt (Source: MPD)
Barrington Hunt (Source: MPD)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A man suspected in the rape of a teenage girl as she walked to school Wednesday morning had a previous rape charge dismissed from court.

Police said Barrington Hunt, 22, attacked a 17-year-old as she walked down Lydgate Drive to school September 30.

"I felt pissed off because I feel like, as a man, why would you rape a child?" neighbor China Malone said.

The victim said Hunt forced her into his SUV. As he drove to his house, he held her head down so nobody would notice her struggling to get free.

Once inside his house, he raped the young girl.

She told a family member what happened. Police then searched for and arrested Hunt. She then picked him out from a mugshot lineup.

Neighbors in the area said they're upset neither police or school officials decided to alert them that an attack happened in their neighborhood.

The incident happened Wednesday, but Hunt continued roaming the area for five days before police arrested him.

School officials said it happened off school grounds, so they weren't necessarily aware of the incident.

Shelby County Schools released the following statement:

The safety of our students is a top priority, and we will always inform parents of safety-related situations that occur on our campuses. When MPD alerts us of off campus safety concerns for our students, we definitely follow their guidance in alerting parents and students.

It's not the first time Hunt has been in trouble for a sexual crime.

Investigators arrested him in January 2014 for statutory rape. They said he lied to a 14-year-old, telling her he was 16-years-old.

He then picked her up from school and had sex with her. She became pregnant and had his child.

Hunt was released on $25,000 bond January 25, 2014, on the statutory rape charge. September 22, 2014, the case was dismissed.

The District Attorney's Office said Hunt was placed on judicial diversion for three years for contributing to the delinquency of a minor and for an unrelated aggravated burglary case. The diversion was set to expire on September 22, 2017, but picking up a new charge may prompt the court to review the diversion.

Hunt is currently in jail under a $200,000 bond.

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