Man accused in 2013 rape extradited to Wilson County

Courtesy: Wilson County Sheriff's Office
Courtesy: Wilson County Sheriff's Office

WILSON COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – A man accused of a 2013 rape has been extradited to Wilson County from Mesa, Arizona.

Christopher Kirby, 34, is charged with aggravated rape, aggravated assault and theft of property, according to Sheriff Robert Bryan.

In a separate investigation involving another Wilson County law enforcement agency, Kirby was charged with a drug offense during the same time frame as the rape charge.

He was in Arizona serving time for assaulting a law enforcement officer.

Wilson County’s original investigation was prompted after the female victim was treated at a local hospital.

“This was a horrific assault,” said Sheriff Bryan. “The victim could have easily been killed during this incident. This department is determined to do everything within our power to find and prosecute anyone who commits any such crime in Wilson County to fullest extent of the law.”

It is believed that Kirby fled Tennessee to avoid pending prosecution in Wilson County three years ago.

Kirby was sentenced to 26 years in Arizona in the law enforcement officer assault case, regardless of any additional crimes he will be sentenced for after conviction in Tennessee.

He will have his first hearing in Wilson County at a later date.