Deputies with the Carter County Sheriff’s Office placed new rape charges Thursday against a man who was previously charged with solicitation of a minor.
59-year-old Joseph Walter Sampson, who was previously charged in February, received new charges of rape of a child (two counts) and aggravated sexual battery. The charges came after investigators developed evidence that Sampson had also raped the same victim he was charged with soliciting. The suspected rapes took place before Sampson’s first arrest and subsequent release on bond.
Deputies arrested Sampson on the new charges Wednesday afternoon at his home on Highway 91. He is currently being held in the Carter County Detention Center on a $50,000 bond.
In February, the Sheriff’s Office was made aware of a video showing Sampson requesting sexual favors from a juvenile. The child’s mother initially discovered the video, which contained visual and audio footage of Sampson making multiple requests, and showed it to investigators. Sampson was then arrested on February 13.