Franklin music producer facing 12 counts of child sex charges
Samuel Sylvester (Photo: Franklin Police Department)
Police have arrested a music producer in Franklin on multiple counts of sex charges involving two children.
A Williamson County grand jury indicted Samuel Sylvester, 50, with seven counts of statutory rape by an authority figure, seven counts of sexual battery by an authority figure, aggravated sexual battery and two counts of rape of a child. The allegations involve children 12 and 16 years old.
Franklin Police Department officials said they arrested Sylvester Friday after a client he worked with as a music producer came forward with allegations. Per his LinkedIn profile, Sylvester runs Leumas Music Productions, which he originally started in Minnesota in 1995.
The allegations stem from dates in 2009 and 2010, according to the indictment.
In 2015, he was arrested in Williamson County for assault and pleaded guilty. Terms of his plea agreement were to have no contact with the victim and no unsupervised contact with minors other than his own children. He also had to submit to a psycho-sexual evaluation.
“Because Sylvester has worked with children throughout the years, detectives are concerned there could be other victims,” FPD spokesperson Lt. Charles Warner said. “Anyone with information should contact Franklin police.”
Sylvester has since been released on a $200,000 bond. Police said neither victim is related to Sylvester and the children have no connection to one another.
His arraignment in Williamson County Circuit Criminal Court is Dec. 18 at 8:55 a.m. before Judge Michael Binkley.
This is a developing story.
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