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Posted by: Chandra Williams on Jul 29, 2015

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

David M. Hopkins, Murfreesboro, Tennessee (on appeal); Brent Horst and Harvey Slovis, New York, New York (at trial), for the Appellant, Darrel Dean Hochhalter.

Attorneys 2:

Herbert H. Slatery III, Attorney General and Reporter; Leslie E. Price, Senior Counsel; Victor S. Johnson, III, District Attorney General; and Sharon Reddick and Rachel M. Sobrero, Assistant District Attorneys General, for the Appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): GLENN

The defendant, Darrel Dean Hochhalter, was convicted by a Davidson County Criminal Court jury of six counts of sexual battery by an authority figure and one count of rape. He was sentenced to five years for each count of sexual battery by an authority figure and twelve years for the rape conviction. The court ordered that two of the sentences for sexual battery by an authority figure and the sentence for rape be served consecutively, for an effective term of twenty-two years. On appeal, he argues that: (1) the evidence is insufficient to sustain his convictions; (2) the trial court erred in admitting the forensic interview of the victim at trial; and (3) the trial court abused its discretion in sentencing him to twenty-two years in confinement. After review, we affirm the judgments of the trial court. However, we remand for entry of a corrected judgment in Count 7 to reflect the rape conviction as a Class B felony.