Alleged rapist now in custody

Friday, November 5, 2010 at 5:25pm

A man wanted by Metro police for allegedly raping an 8-year-old girl more than seven years ago is in a Nashville jail following a traffic stop in Michigan.

Police in Canton Township, Mich., stopped Edy Chavez Pantaleon for driving without a license. Pantaleon initially identified himself as Carlos Mendez Lopez but during the booking process authorities discovered Pantaleon’s true identity along with the charges against him here in Nashville, according to police spokesman Don Aaron.

Pantaleon, who had been living in Ypsilanti, Mich., was booked into a Nashville jail late Thursday afternoon.

A Davidson County grand jury indicted Pantaleon, 41, in August 2003 on six counts of aggravated sexual battery on a minor younger than 13 and four counts of child rape. His alleged victim was an 8-year-old girl who was a student at Whitsitt Elementary school.

Police previously charged Pantaleon with sexual battery in September 2000, but he received a six-month jail sentence on a lesser charge of assault.

Metro police along with the district attorney general’s office and the Department of Children Services conducted the investigation. 

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4 Comments on this post:

By: Tonto on 11/6/10 at 5:04

This man was charged with sexual battery in Sept. 2000. My question is, why was
he not in prison where he would not have access to an 8 years old girl to begin with.
Will prosecutors and liberal judges EVER learn.
There is no such thing as rehabilitation of a sexual predator. I know that, the judges know that and the lazy prosecutors who cut deals with these criminals know that!

By: FredFlintstone on 11/6/10 at 7:34

...Acording to the story, he fled the state & changed his name. When he was arrested for a minor traffic offense in another state, they found out who he really was and shiped him back to Tennessee for trial.

By: Tonto on 11/6/10 at 9:31

He served a six months sentence. My contention is that he should still be in jail on that conviction.
Liberal judges and LAZY prosecuters are the reasons he was free to commit other sexual crimes. Against an eight year old that we know of!

By: govskeptic on 11/6/10 at 9:40

Tonto: You sure have it right!!! He was allowed to plead to lesser
charge in the first incident. Simply marking a crime as solved,
and disposed of shouldn't be the criteria. Justice to victims may
someday(not soon I'm afraid) should be the DA's goal!