Ex-police chaplain who pleaded guilty to incest after ‘raping teen and hiring hitman to kill her’ AVOIDS jail

A FORMER Tennessee police chaplain who pleaded guilty to incest after allegedly raping a teen and hiring a hitman to kill her has avoided jail time.

Anthony Padgett, 52, avoided jail after pleading guilty Wednesday to four counts of incest, WCYB reported.

Anthony Padgett, 52, avoided jail after pleading guilty Wednesday to four counts of incest, WCYB reported
Washington County Sheriff's Office

Padgett – who also admitted to solicitation of a minor and violation of order of protection – has been sentenced to 12 years of probation, according to the Washington County Criminal Court Clerk’s Office.

Washington County detectives accused Padgett of hiring a hitman to kill the woman he allegedly sexually assaulted.

He was also accused of rape, but those two charges were dropped as part of the plea agreement.

In 2018, Padgett was arrested after a woman claimed he raped her more than 100 times – starting when she was just 15 years old.

According to investigators, Padgett once offered a cellmate money, guns and ammo, medications, a vehicle, and a gun cleaning kit to kill his victim and her boyfriend, WCYB reported.

Padgett reportedly wanted his victims to die in a car crash or in some way connected with the victim’s medical issues.

Authorities said Padgett offered to pay an additional $8,000 after they victims were dead.

WCYB reported that Johnson City police said Padgett had no recent activity of volunteering as a police chaplain.

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