Sentence in Sevier County court for multiple rapes, kidnappings, robberies

Jonathan Atha (Sevier County Sheriff's Office)

SEVIERVILLE (WATE) – A Sevier County court sentenced Jonathan Michael Atha to 50 years behind bars on Monday.

Atha, 29, was found guilty of two counts of aggravated rape, three counts of aggravated kidnapping and four counts of aggravated robbery in May 2016. He’s required to serve his entire sentence without the possibility of parole. After he is released he will be subject to the sex offender registry and community supervision for life.

On October 15, 2014, Atha was arrested after Knoxville Police Department received an anonymous tip and tracked Atha to a house on Crewstview Street in East Knoxville. The day before he was arrested, police said Atha raped and robbed a woman at a Knoxville storage facility.

Knoxville Police Department spokesperson Darrell Debusk said the victim said she was packing boxes for storage when Atha forced her into the storage unit at gunpoint, raped her, tied her up with an extension cord, stole her money and drove off in her car. Debusk said Atha then came back and untied the woman because he did not know the passcode to leave the storage facility. Debusk said Atha forced the woman to open the gate, then took off in her car, leaving her to finally get help.

The day prior, Pigeon Forge police said Atha flashed a handgun at two employees at Cottage Rentals on River Road. Police say he told them to get the cash boxes and ordered them to take off their clothes in the back room of the business. On the same day, Sevier County Sheriff’s Office said Atha ordered two therapists at Willow Massage Therapy Spa on Chapman Highway to give him money and forced them into a bathroom where he raped them.

On March 28, 2014 he was charged with aggravated burglary and theft at his father’s home in Sevier County. His criminal history dates back to September 11, 2009 when Atha was charged with theft and drug possession in Sevier County.

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