MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - A Memphis man has been sentenced to 25 years behind bars without parole for raping a 6-year-old child.
43-year-old Frederick Herron received the maximum sentence for raping his wife's sister. The child victim was age six when Herron married her older sister, the victim’s legal guardian.
Shortly after moving in with the victim and her sister, Herron raped the child multiple times in their home between July 1, 2002 and July 5, 2006. The family reported the incidents to law enforcement in September 2010.
Herron, a U.S. Navy veteran, had been tried and convicted on previous child sex charges in Florida. He was found guilty at military court martial for sexual assault of his first wife’s pre-teen step-daughter and was sentenced to six years.
Herron was released from the Navy Brig in South Carolina in 2000. He received a bad conduct discharge and was registered as a child sex offender.
Herron was on the Tennessee Sex Offender Registry and when he committed the rape of the child in Tennessee.