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UPDATE: Repeat sex offender arrested again on rape charges

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UPDATE: Chattanooga Police arrested a repeat sex offender again, this time he's accused of raping a woman in early August. This is the fifth time Willie Bradley, 55, has been arrested for rape in Hamilton County.

Chattanooga police responded to the area of 1207 Tunnel Blvd. on the report of a possible rape suspect being at that location. Upon arrival police detained Willie J. Bradley.

Police detectives requested to speak with the victim to investigate the rape allegation. The victim told police that she was walking home and felt someone grab her by the arms and push something into her back. The victim said she assumed the man was pushing a weapon of some sort into her back. Police say that the victim said Bradley forced her into a vacant house. Once in the house, Bradley held her against her will through the entire night (from 11pm-8am). During this time the victim said Bradley forced her to perform oral sex on him. The victim also stated that Bradley made numerous threats on her life if she tried to flee. 

The arrest report said Bradley threatened the victim "he would stab her like the last white girl that said no," if she did not do what he said. Detective Andrew Peker was informed of this information and said he worked a rape case that had details "almost identical to this case."

Police say when Bradley was arrested, the victim was able to identify him from a photo lineup. Upon interviewing Bradley, he stated he was inside a vacant house at that location but stated he did not rape the victim. Police confirmed through Bradley's Probation Officer through his GPS ankle monitor that he was in fact in the immediate area of the vacant house at the time of the rape. 

Bradley has been charged with Especially Aggravated Kidnapping, Aggravated Rape, and Aggravated Assault. His bond has been set at $1.1 million dollars.

Det. Peker, who worked Bradley's 2014 rape case, said this man needs to be off the streets for good.

"It didn't come as a shock to me that he did this again when he go out this last time so this is a man that needs to be in jail," Peker said.

Peker said details of the allegations against Bradley in this latest rape case are almost identical to the one he worked two years ago.

"In talking to Mr. Bradley during the first investigation I knew that this is something that Mr. Bradley does," he said.

Peker describes the crimes as violent and heinous. He said it's frustrating to see Bradley was released from jail only to be arrested again.

"He's dangerous and he doesn't need to be on the street. and if we can keep him in jail as long as we possibly can, that's what we're going to do."

Court records show Bradley's previous rape charges were either dismissed or he pleaded guilty to a lesser charge.
    
The District Attorney's office said the 2014 rape case "was impossible to prove Bradley committed rape," citing the victim's rape kit showed DNA from more than one person.

"I know that the public is shocked each time something like this happens," said Asst. DA Jason Demastus.

Demastus said Bradley pleaded guilty to Aggravated Assault and served about two years in jail.
    
He was still on probation when he was arrested this weekend for rape for a fifth time.

"I never like getting those reports when they come in because I know there's a victim on the other end of that crime," he said.

Demastus is now preparing to prosecute another case against Bradley and said because he was wearing a GPS ankle monitor, there's a chance for a stronger case.

"Hopefully with what happened in the past it will benefit us going forward in the future in our ability to see and determine the facts and prosecute the case to the fullest extent that we can," Demastus said.

Chattanooga Police said the victim in Bradley's latest arrest is cooperating with police and receiving special victim services.
    
Criminal Court Judge Don Poole said the District Attorney's office filed a petition on Monday to revoke Bradley's probation and give him additional jail time.


PREVIOUS STORY: A 53-year-old Chattanooga violent sex offender has been arrested for the second time on rape charges in the past year. 

Willie James Bradley is accused of raping a woman he found walking down North Orchard Knob Avenue in September 2013. He was arrested Wednesday.

Bradley reportedly forced the woman inside an abandoned duplex at gunpoint before raping her.

He faces charges of aggravated rape, aggravated assault, aggravated kidnapping and possession of a firearm while in commission of a felony after detectives matched his DNA to a rape kit. 

The woman told police that she did not know Bradley before the attack. 

Bradley is already facing charges in another rape case from 2014. In that case, a 24-year-old woman told police that she was raped and brutally beaten inside a vacant house.

In the 2014 attack, police found large amounts of blood on the walls and floors of the vacant home in the 2000 block of Milne Street, according to the affidavit of complaint. The woman was covered in blood when she arrived at a hospital.

Once inside the home, the woman told police that she was grabbed by the hair and forced to perform a sex act on the attacker. The more she fought him, the more violent he became. In that case, Bradley was identified through a photo line up. That case is on the trial docket for May.

Bradley has violent criminal history in Hamilton County, according to court records.

In 1995, he was convicted of attempt to commit first degree murder.

In 1999, he was convicted of two counts aggravated rape and sentenced to six years on each count, records show.  He was found guilty violating the sex offender registry in 2007 and received a two-year suspended sentence.

In 2009, he was sentenced to four years for aggravated assault.

As of Thursday morning, Bradley remained in jail on a $1 million bond. His next court date is set for March 24 before Hamilton County General Sessions Court Judge Lila Statom.

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