Knoxville — Larry Darnell Muldrew, 49, pled guilty to one count of third-degree sexual abuse this morning. After surrendering a number of rights, he was immediately sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Muldrew was originally charges with four counts of sexual abuse, stemming from incidents that occurred between 2009-10. He pled guilty to a count in regard to an incident in which he forced oral sex on a female child between the ages of 12-13.
In his own words, Muldrew told Judge Randy Hefner that, in reference to the crime in which he was pleading guilty, that he had picked his victim and a friend up from church. After taking the second child home, he pulled over, exposed himself and pulled his victim's head over to make contact. Marion County Attorney Ed Bull asked a question to confirm that the victim's mouth had made contact with Muldrew's penis, which Muldrew confirmed.
While making his plea, Muldrew was asked if he was on probation or parole. He is one parole from federal prison. The crime to which he pled guilty today occurred prior to the charge that sent him to federal prison.
The plea agreement reached called for a 10-year sentence and the dismissal of the three other Marion County charges. Hefner abided by the agreement and, in addition to the prison term, Muldrew was ordered to undergo sex offender treatment, register as a sex offender, pay a $250 civil penalty, court costs, a $1,000 fine plus a 35 percent surcharge, restitution (to be determined) and provide a DNA sample to the State. He will be on parole for the rest of his life, and he is to have no contact with the victim, or any minors, for at least five years.
Bull said the agreement and sentence did the most to hold Muldrew accountable, while minimizing additional victimization of the victim. Bull added that there was no way of knowing, even if Muldrew had gone to trial and was found guilty of four counts, instead of one, that a judge would run the sentences consecutively. Muldrew may have spent 10 years in prison instead of 40 under that scenario as well.
"At the end of the day, Mr. Muldrew is in prison, and that is exactly where he belongs for committing this heinous crime against a child," Bull said.