(06/23/2005)
Man sues sister over rape charge

By David Hedges Publisher
The Times Record-Roane County Reporter

A man has filed a $2.5 million lawsuit against his sister after she recently accused him of raping her some 50 years ago.

Orville Trembly filed the suit last week against Zelda Trembly Eagle, whom the suit says is his sister.

Trembly was indicted on two counts of rape after Eagle testified against him before a Roane grand jury last month.

While most cases are presented to the grand jury by the county prosecutor and investigating police officer, Eagle received permission from Judge David Nibert to present the case to jurors herself.

Prosecutor Mark Sergent, who has practiced law in Roane County for almost 20 years, said this is the first time in his knowledge that a citizen has presented a case to a grand jury in Roane County.

Grand jury sessions take place behind closed doors and are not open to the public. When a grand jury returns an indictment it is not a finding of guilt, but an indication jurors felt there was enough evidence to allow the case to go to trial.

The grand jury returned two charges of rape against Trembly. The incidents occurred between 1953 and 1957, according to the charges, when the female victim was under the age of 16 and "chaste." ...

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