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Wilson County man arrested on rape charges


A Lebanon resident has been arrested on rape charges stemming from an investigation by WCSO investigators involving children. Joseph Leroy Durham Jr., 55, of Franklin Road, Lebanon, TN, was arrested and booked into the Wilson County Jail on charges of Aggravated Statutory Rape and Rape of a Child on April 17. The mother of the victims reported the allegations of sex abuse to the WCSO. During the investigation, several individuals were interviewed and evidence obtained resulted in the arrest of Joseph L. Durham Jr.

“This was a very trying case for our investigators as it involves children,” stated Sheriff Robert Bryan. “This is an ongoing investigation and we feel that once it is completed, that there will be more charges coming against Mr. Durham. I commend our investigators for all of the hard work that they put in this case.”

Durham is currently being held in the Wilson County Jail with no bond and has an initial court appearance scheduled on June 14, 2017 at 9 a.m. The identities of the victims have not been released due to their age. Anyone with any information regarding this investigation, please contact the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office at (615) 444-1412.

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