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Washington County man accused of rape, contracting murder of victim charged with new crimes

Johnson City Press • Updated Jan 16, 2019 at 7:48 PM

A Washington County man already charged with multiple sex crimes, aggravated stalking, harassment and other violations, was indicted on more than 30 new charges by a grand jury.

Anthony Dale Padgett, 51, 645 Bayless Road, was being held in the Washington County Detention Center being accused of violating an order of protection filed by the woman who said he raped her more than 100 times over a two-year period. After that order was filed, Padgett was charged with statutory rape by an authority figure and solicitation to commit statutory rape.

Padgett was out on bond on those charges when he was again arrested and charged with violating the order of protection after police said he contacted the filer of the order through a social media photography app. At a hearing to answer the violation charge, he was served with a warrant accusing him of solicitation to commit first-degree murder. The warrant claimed he tried to hire someone to kill his accuser and her boyfriend. At that hearing, Padgett’s bond was increased to $250,000.

In his latest charges, Padgett was accused of 19 additional counts of incest, 12 counts of statutory rape by an authority figure and continuous sexual abuse of a child.

According to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, the new charges came from an ongoing investigation started in November.

His bond on the new charges was an additional $100,000, giving him a total bond of $450,000.

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