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Police Say Sex Offender Preyed On Hopes, Dreams


By Chris Cannon 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Metro Police arrested 31-year-old Samuel Dorsey last weekend after he allegedly lured a 17 year old girl to a Madison Motel. He told the girl he was a photographer and then raped her. 

Police said Dorsey met the girl several days earlier at the Kroger where she worked. 

"He proceeded to tell her he was a professional photographer and then played upon her hopes and dreams," said Metro Police spokesperson Kristin Mumford. 

After meeting with the victim several times, police said Dorsey finally convinced the teenager to meet him for a photo shoot. 

"Which turned into a terrible, despicable crime against her," said Mumford. 

While behind closed doors at the Gallatin Pike motel, police reports claim Dorsey took pictures of the girl and then raped her. She only got away after friends came to her rescue. 

"They actually broke down the door and were able to make entry. The victim was able to escape, and then he was taken into custody," explained Mumford. 

Police said it was the victim's boyfriend who tackled Dorsey once inside the room and held him until police officers arrived. 

Rape educator Jennifer Cantrell said Dorsey fits a particular profile. 

"Groomers are very good at what they do," said Cantrell.

A groomer is someone who first befriends his victim, and they often do it more than once. 

"It's something that they practice again, and again and again. It's very likely there are many more of his victims out there," said Cantrell. 

Metro Police know that is the case. 

"We do believe there are other victims. We've had at least two other victims come forward," said Mumford. 

Dorsey was convicted in 2008 of fondling a 15 year old girl. He served a one year jail sentence. Since then he has been a registered sex offender. 

Metro police said Dorsey claimed he was homeless and he did follow the sex offender procedures for a homeless man. 

Police believe Dorsey actually lived with several people, even a woman and her young daughter. 

Dorsey was charged with rape and false imprisonment. He will make his first appearance in court on April 30. 

E-mail: ccannon@newschannel5.com

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