Trial date set for aggravated rape case

Robert Felts

A Portland man charged with aggravated statutory rape has asked Sumner County Criminal Court Judge Dee David Gay for a jury trial.

Robert M. Felts, 48, was indicted by a Sumner County Grand jury on charges of rape and aggravated statutory rape against a 16-year-old girl.

According to Portland Detective Jason Williams, during an interview Felts admitted to having sexual contact with the minor female, claiming it was unintentional.

The investigation began when a third party contacted the Department of Children's Services on May 18, 2015, indicating knowledge that the alleged victim had disclosed that Felts had inappropriate contact with the teenage victim on more than one occasion.

The Sumner County Child Advocacy Center conducted a forensics interview and learned from the girl that Felts had allegedly touched her inappropriately and had performed oral sex on her, against her will, on one occasion. The date of the alleged offense was July 1, 2013.

Felts was taken into custody and he posted a $25,000 bond. But on Nov. 16, 2015 his bond was increased to $100,000 in

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response to a motion by Assistant District Attorney Tara Wylie to revoke Felts' bond due to violation of his bond condition. Felts was ordered not to have contact with the victim in his case; however, according to the State' motion to revoke bond filed on Oct. 21, 2015, Felts "was present at the home of the victim" on Oct. 20, 2015 and "reportedly visited the home on several occasions while on bond. It is the State's position that this is a clear violation of the defendant's bond conditions." Judge Gay responded to the motion by increasing Felts' bond and placing him on bond supervision with Community Corrections.

Judge Gay set the case to go to trial on July 5, 2016. A pretrial conference has been set for July 1.

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