Tennessee man arrested for sexually abusing girl for years


A Tennessee monster was arrested for raping a little girl every night for the past three years, according to new reports.

William Paul Godwin, 58, of Parsons, violated the little girl from the time she was 5 until she was 8, according to court documents obtained by The Jackson Sun. He was arrested by Parsons Police Sunday afternoon.

“The victim did state that she was sexually assaulted every night for three years by the defendant,” one charge included in the documents states.

He faces 12 counts of rape of a child and one count of continuous rape of a child, the documents say.

The charges cover each season from Fall 2012 to Summer 2015, the documents reveal.

“It’s so hard to believe that someone can be capable of doing something like this,” Parsons Police Chief Dale King told local station WBBJ 7.

Because the charges are so severe, not many details can be released about the case, King told the outlet. But he said an anonymous tipster gave authorities the heads-up about the horrific abuse.

“I better leave it at that right now,” he said.

Godwin is being held at the Decatur County Detention Center on $100,000 bond, and he’s expected to be in court July 8.