ELIZABETHTON — A man who was reported to be a registered sex offender in Florida was bound to a Carter County grand jury on charges that he broke into a woman’s residence at 5 a.m. Saturday and assaulted her boyfriend.
Cory R. Ferranti, 28, 218 Swimming Pool Road, Hampton, was arrested at his residence Sunday afternoon by Deputy Larry Vaughn of the Carter County Sheriff’s Department and was charged with aggravated burglary, assault and stalking.
Ferranti answered the charges in Sessions Court on Tuesday and waived his right to a preliminary hearing. He was bound to the grand jury and ordered to report to Criminal Court on Sept. 30.
The charges stem from a complaint by Melissa Marie Taylor of Elizabethton. She said on Saturday morning she awoke at 5 a.m. to the sound of someone entering the kitchen. She said she noticed the lights were on in the kitchen. Seconds later, she said Ferranti rushed into her bedroom, turned on the lights and jumped into bed and began assaulting Corey Scott Ferguson.
Ferguson defended himself and was able to restrain Ferranti to the floor. Ferranti was then ordered to leave. Taylor said she had only known Ferranti for two months and had no relationship with him other than friendship. Ferguson said he had never known or met Ferranti before the incident.
Ferranti was later charged with stalking after he began texting Taylor numerous times after leaving her residence following the attack. Among the alleged texts were: “Oh are you too scared to be at home alone?”
During his investigation of the alleged burglary and assault, Investigator Brad Johnson said he discovered Ferranti was wanted in Florida and he was a registered sex offender there. Johnson said Florida didn’t want to extradite Ferranti back there. Johnson said Ferranti had been living in Tennessee for more than a month and had not registered with local authorities.
According to the Florida sex offender registry, Ferranti had been convicted in Pasco County on May 19, 2005, of lewd, lascivious behavior with a child under age 16. He was released from the Florida Department of Corrections on Dec. 29, 2008.
Editor's Note: The dates of conviction and release this article were incorrect. Ferranti was convicted in Florida of lewd and licentious behavior with a child under 16 in 2001. He was released from custody May 19, 2005. When he moved to Tennessee, he said, he checked in with Lt. Randy Bowers of the Carer County Sheriff’s Department to determine if he needed to meet any requirements under the sex offender registry laws.