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John P. Little, a Harriman man charged with child rape, was allegedly assaulted by another inmate at the Roane County Jail. Roane County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Tim Phillips said a motive wasn’t immediately clear.
Charles D. Mullins, the inmate who allegedly assaulted Little, is a registered sex offender. Mullins, 31, was convicted of criminal attempt to commit rape in Cumberland County in 2005. He was sentenced to community supervision for life and ordered to wear a GPS tracking unit.
He was arrested in Harriman on Sept. 10 for allegedly removing the tracking unit.
Little was arrested on Sept. 9 on the child rape charge. Harriman police records said a woman accused Little of sexually assaulting her 9-year-old daughter.
The incident between Little and Mullins occurred at the jail on Sept. 15 around 10:30 a.m. Little was taken to Roane Medical Center by ambulance.
Phillips said the sheriff’s office tries to keep inmates charged with sex crimes segregated from the jail’s general population.
“That’s what makes this kind of weird,” Phillips said. “They were both being held in an area that normally holds people that can’t be housed with the general public.”
Mullins has not been charged for the alleged assault. Phillips said the case is still under investigation and the findings could be presented to the grand jury.