Accused child rapist named in sealed Hawkins grand jury indictment

Jeff Bobo • Feb 12, 2019 at 9:15 AM

ROGERSVILLE — A Rogersville man was arrested Friday night on a sealed Hawkins County grand jury indictment warrant charging him with rape of a child and aggravated sexual battery of a child.

The sealed indictments against Zachary Lynn Gulley, 23, 2013 Brown Drive, Lot 17, Rogersville, were handed down by the Hawkins County grand jury on Feb. 1.

The rape and sexual battery are alleged to have occurred on an 11-year-old girl between the dates of Dec. 1, 2017, and Feb. 14, 2018.

The alleged victim’s mother told the Times News on Monday that her daughter was forcibly raped by Gulley, who was a friend of the family.

Rape of a child is a Class A felony punishable by 15-25 years if convicted.

As of Monday, Gulley was being held in the Hawkins County Jail on $100,000 bond with an arraignment date in Criminal Court of April 26. 

Several sealed Hawkins County indictments were served Friday.

More charges for Kim Alley

Kim Owen Alley, 64, 210 Clifton St., Rogersville, was arrested Friday morning on a sealed indictment warrant from Feb. 1 charging him with money laundering and theft over $2,500.

These indictments allege that Alley stole in excess of $2,500 but less than $10,000 from Leigh David and Debbie Bundren in 2014 and laundered the proceeds of illegal activities between Jan. 22, 2014, and June 26, 2015.

These new charges are in addition to the theft over $60,000 and two counts of unlawful business transaction he was indicted for in 2018 related to the alleged theft of $140,000 from his brother and sister-in-law through bogus foreign investments.

On Jan. 19, 2017, Alley’s brother, Greg Alley, filed a complaint at the Rogersville Police Department claiming that in December 2013 or January 2014 he and his wife, Erma Alley, had taken approximately $140,000 from her retirement account at TRW and invested it with Kim Alley.

During the course of the investigation, agents developed information that from 2013 to 2017 Alley operated a scheme in which he solicited investors for a foreign exchange venture.

Further investigation revealed that he allegedly misused the money obtained by investors, keeping a portion of it for personal use.

Greg Alley stated that his brother forged documents, set up emails and never invested the money properly.

Greg Alley told police he has tried on numerous occasions to get his money returned and has been unsuccessful. He was scheduled for trial on the previous charged on May 14, and his arraignment date on the new charges is April 24.

Kim Alley was released on his previous $75,000 bond.

Other Sealed Indictments served Friday

* Jayson Milton Tunnell, 18, 1767 McKinney Chapel Road, Rogersville, for three counts of forgery. Tunnell was also indicted Feb. 1 for simple possession of meth, simple possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, criminal impersonation, driving without a license, violation of seatbelt law and no insurance.

* Joshua Matthew Sorah, 37, 721 Caney Creek Road, Rogersville, for aggravated burglary. Sorah was also indicted Feb. 1 for two counts of theft over $2,500 and theft under $1,000.

* Chadwick Darrin Blessing, 39, 1911 Goshen Valley Road, Church Hill, for violation of community supervision for life (for a convicted sex offender), which stemmed from his arrest and indictment for violation of the sex offender registration act. Blessing was convicted of rape of a child in 2005 in Sullivan County.

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