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Posted by: Amelia Ferrell Knisely on Mar 23, 2016

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Michael J. Rocco, Sparta, Tennessee, for the appellant, Stephanie Lynn Bickford.

Attorneys 2:

Herbert H. Slatery III, Attorney General and Reporter; Andrew C. Coulam, Assistant Attorney General; Bryant C. Dunaway, District Attorney General; and Philip Hatch, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): GLENN

The defendant, Stephanie Lynn Bickford, pled guilty to statutory rape, a Class E felony, in exchange for a one-year sentence on probation. The trial court ordered that the defendant was required to register as a sex offender, a decision the defendant now appeals. On appeal, the defendant also argues that this court should review the trial court’s decision using a de novo with a presumption of correctness standard of review, rather than an abuse of discretion with a presumption of reasonableness standard. After review, we affirm the judgment of the trial court.