Fugitive captured in Mexico guilty on Tennessee child rape charges

BLOUNTVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A jury has convicted a Kingsport fugitive who fled to Mexico on several charges of child rape and sexual exploitation.

Donald Lynch fled in 2004 after posting bond on the same charges and spent more then three years on the run. Authorities eventually caught up with him in Mexico, where he was working at a hotel.

A Sullivan County jury on Tuesday found him guilty of two counts of especially aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor, two counts of aggravated sexual battery and six counts of rape of a child. The jury also recommended $400,000 in fines.

Lynch is scheduled to be sentenced June 27 and could face 15-25 years for each of the child rape convictions.

Sullivan County District Attorney Greeley Wells said he will ask the court to require some of his sentences to be served consecutively, rather than concurrently.

Defense attorney Gene Scott said his client is not pleased with the verdict and plans to appeal.

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(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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