Former Youth Minister indicted for rape

By TERENCE CORRIGAN – Special at TG

Former youth minister at Beth Sar Shalom Church in Shelbyville – Esteban David Carrera Valenzuela – was arraigned on November 15 on four counts of rape by an authority figure – offenses which allegedly involved sex with a teenage parishioner.

According to the indictments, 30-year-old Valenzuela first had sex with the girl at the age of 15, in March 2020. The other three counts allege that he had sex with the girl in June, July and November 2020.

According to the indictments, the incidents all occurred at the church where Valenzuela was the girl’s youth minister.

The offense of rape by an authority figure alleges that (Valenzuela) “was, at the time of the offense, in a position of trust, or had supervisory or disciplinary power over the victim by virtue of legal jurisdiction, professional or professional of the accused. status and used the position of trust or power to accomplish sexual penetration.

Valenzuela was arrested at the end of January of this year and released on $ 100,000 bail.

Statutory rape by an authority figure, when the accused is at least four years older than the victim, is a Class B felony punishable by a sentence of 8 to 30 years and a fine of up to to $ 25,000.

If found guilty, Valenzuela will not be eligible for parole.

Valenzuela’s father, David Carrera, is the founding pastor of Beth Sar Shalom Church, where Valenzuela allegedly committed the offenses.

Other indictments

Beau Dawson Beecham, 31, was arraigned last week on four felony counts and one misdemeanor charge for a series of violent and chaotic events on December 12, 2020.

Beecham is charged with aggravated domestic violence for allegedly hitting his girlfriend on the head with a brick, causing a laceration on the top of her head.

According to the affidavit of complaint, the woman “was bleeding profusely and blood was all over her face.”

That same night, as Beecham attempted to escape, he allegedly committed the crime of reckless endangerment, recklessly walking through the Park Trail Apartments complex at night without headlights, hitting “several vehicles” and crossing a yard where “many children were playing… ”

Beecham is also charged with aggravated assault for allegedly turning his vehicle towards a Shelbyville police officer, “almost brushing against” the officer.

Beecham also faces an accident causing injury charge for allegedly intentionally striking a vehicle occupied by two people and leaving the scene of the crash. The two people in the vehicle that Beecham allegedly struck were taken to hospital to treat their injuries.

Joel Adam Alexander, 58, of Murfreesboro, has been arraigned on three counts of domestic violence, destruction of property and burglary. The crimes were allegedly committed on January 1, 2021 at a residence on Shoma Drive in Shelbyville.

Alexander is accused of breaking through a window in his ex-girlfriend’s house, entering her home and attempting to strangle her.

Alexander is charged with aggravated assault (a felony), aggravated burglary (a felony) and vandalism (a misdemeanor).

Jason Eric Burke, 40, of Shelbyville, has been arraigned on charges of breaking and entering and violating the sex offender registration form. Burke was convicted of statutory rape in 2001. Andreas Lucas Gomez, 48, of Shelbyville, has been tried for aggravated domestic violence and public intoxication. Gomez was arrested on August 2, 2021.

Xavier Lamont Martez Ransom, 22, of Shelbyville, was arrested for evading arrest, risk of death or injury (motor vehicle) and driving with a suspended license. Ransom was arrested on December 16, 2019.

Billy Scott Spurgeon, 46, of Hohenwald, has been charged with impaired driving (a fourth offense) and simple possession / occasional drug dealing. Spurgeon was arrested on May 8, 2020. Cleon Linus Van Stone, 30, of Shelbyville, was arraigned on two counts of “making, delivering, selling or possessing methamphetamine” and smuggling into penal institutions (drug in jail). Van Stone was arrested on February 25, 2021.

Larry Wayne Tyson, 64, of Shelbyville, has been indicted on two counts of impaired driving (a fourth offense) and driving with a revoked license (a subsequent offense). He was arrested on May 23, 2020. He was released on $ 12,000 bail.

Tyler Jacob Womack, 25, of Shelbyville, has been tried on five counts of auto burglary and theft of property valued between $ 2,500 and $ 10,000. He was arrested in January 2021.

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