Harriman child rape suspect added to TBI Top 10 Most Wanted

By: Michael Grider Email
By: Michael Grider Email
A Harriman man is wanted in Roane County on five counts of child rape, and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation added him to their "Top 10 Most Wanted" list in hopes of tracking him down.

Douglas Patterson (Photo: TBI)

HARRIMAN, Tenn. (WVLT) -- A Harriman man is wanted in Roane County on five counts of child rape, and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation added him to their "Top 10 Most Wanted" list in hopes of tracking him down.

The TBI says Douglas Patterson, 37, raped a 12-year-old girl.

"On May 11, 2009, the (Roane County) sheriff's office responded to a report of a rape of a 12-year-old female," a TBI news release states. "Two days later, Patterson confessed to sex crimes against his victim."

The TBI says Patterson was later indicted by a Roane County grand jury.

It's not clear why Patterson did not remain in police custody.

The TBI says Patterson has a criminal history dating back more than a decade that includes theft and drug charges.

He's described as a 6' tall white man weighing about 130 pounds. He has black hair, brown eyes and tattoos on his right arm and back.

Anyone with information should call 1-800-TBI-FIND (1-800-824-3463).


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  • by LULU Location: LAPTOP on Apr 6, 2010 at 09:12 PM
    Who was the Roane County judge who allowed him to be released??? Would love to know.
  • by Marsue Location: Perry County on Apr 6, 2010 at 05:38 AM
    I think that once these people are convicted of a crime like this they should be locked up for the rest of their lives because the children that they do this to doesn't never get over it , this kinda stuff followes a child for the rest of their lives.
  • by Gary Location: Kingston, TN on Apr 5, 2010 at 06:19 PM
    How about a picture of the piece of garbage so we know what we are looking for. I hope they catch him soon so his cellmate can repay the favor!!! Sick 'em Bubba!! What a worthless waste of life!

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