Harriman attorney, Lenoir City woman charged in
child sex case
LENOIR CITY (WATE) - A Harriman attorney is charged with
three counts of statutory rape, and one count each of
solicitation of a minor and especially aggravated sexual
exploitation of a minor following his arrest Wednesday.
A Lenoir City woman also faces a charge of especially
aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor in connection
with the case.
Kent Booher, 58, was arrested at his home in Harriman
after indictments were issued by a Loudon County grand
Booher is being held in the Loudon County Jail on a
Nanette Akin, 36, is being held in the Loudon County
Jail on a $10,000 bond. She is also accused of violating
The indictment accuses Booher and Akin of using a
minor to participate in the production of material that
includes sexual activity or simulated sexual activity.
Booher is charged with three counts involving the
alleged rape of a girl under the age of 16. He is also
accused of using electronic communication to solicit the
engagement of sex with the teen.
According to the Tennessee Bar Association, Booher's
practice includes criminal and juvenile law.
He received a public censure last year by the Board
of Professional Responsibility of the Supreme Court of
Tennessee after being accused of failing to properly
represent a client. The board said Booher "failed to act
with reasonable diligence in an estate matter, failed to
maintain reasonable communication with his client, and
failed to expedite litigation."
arrested on statutory rape charges; woman also charged
News Sentinel staff
Loudon County authorities today announced the arrest
of a lawyer on charges of statutory rape and sexual
exploitation of a minor.
Kent Booher, 58, was
arrested Wednesday at his home in Harriman,
according to Sheriff Tim Guider.
Also arrested on a charge related to the case was
a woman, Malina Nanette Akin, 36, of Lenoir City.
Both were indicted by a Loudon County grand jury.
Authorities said all of the charges involved a girl
under the age of 16.
Booher is charged with three counts of having sex
with the underage girl, using a minor to
“participate in the production of material which
included the minor engaging in sexual activity or
simulated sexual activity,” and soliciting the girl
through another person.
Akin is charged with promoting or permitting a
minor to participate in the production of illegal
The offenses all occurred between Dec. 1 of last
year and May 13 of this year, the indictment states.
Guider said the charges are part of a
multi-agency investigation that is ongoing but would
In July 2012, Booher was publicly rebuked by the
State Board of Professional Responsibility for his
handling of an estate matter and then lying about
his actions. His law license was not suspended.