In 2017, Christopher Nicholas Williams, 38, of Bulls Gap, was charged with one count of rape of a child, a Class A felony punishable by up to 25 years in prison, as well as two Class C felony sex charges related to that alleged ongoing crime.
In exchange for a guilty plea to the reduced Class B felony aggravated sexual battery Friday in Hawkins County Criminal Court, Williams was sentenced to 15 years, which is higher than the sentencing range for that crime.
Class B felonies generally range between 8-12 years.
As a term of his plea Williams, must serve 100 percent of his 15 years.
Williams also pleaded guilty to the two lesser sex crime charges.
The allegations were first revealed to officials at the victim’s school, who then contacted the Department of Children's Services. DCS subsequently contacted the Hawkins County Sheriff's Office.
Williams reportedly told the HCSO that the emergence of health problems and anger management issues coincided with the beginning of him raping the child.
“This has apparently been an ongoing situation,” HCSO Detective John Pruitt told the Times News last year. “From my understanding, he has some kind of autoimmune system disorder that affects his optical nerves, and he said that he had anger issues and that this had started years ago. I’m not sure if there’s a direct correlation with that, but I think it may have been around the same time that (alleged child rape) started.”
Pruitt added, “It was a school professional who first heard about this, and that person did what any law-abiding citizen would do and reported it. The DCS and I worked together to bring this case to where it’s at now.”
Aside from the 15-year sentence, Williams was ordered by Judge John Dugger to pay $4,993 in fines and fees, and he will be on the convicted sex offender registry and community supervision for life after his release.
Other guilty pleas heard Friday by Dugger included:
* Robin Lynn "Goob" Mullins, 50, 245 Poor Creek Road, Rogersville, who was sentenced to 360 days in jail, 16 years on probation, and a total of $8,752 in fines and fees for delivery of meth, possession of meth with intent to sell, possession of drug paraphernalia and simple possession of Schedule III narcotics.
* Troy Lee Hamilton, 38, 1606 Old Route 70-S, Rogersville, who was sentenced to two years and ordered to pay $3,841 in fines and fees for three counts of violation of the Sex Offender Registration Act.
* Mitchell Todd Baker, 29, 333 Sulphur Springs Road, Rogersville, who was sentenced to four years of community corrections and $450 in fines for aggravated assault, resisting arrest, vandalism and possession of a prohibited weapon.
* Chanda Lee Lawson, 42, 304 Kincaid St., Kingsport, who was sentenced to four years and six months of probation and ordered to pay $4,934 in fines and fees for delivery of meth, delivery of marijuana, two counts of simple possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
* Eric Aaron Byrd, 29, of Rogersville, who was sentenced to 30 days in jail, a year of probation and $721 in fines and fees for attempted violation of the Sex Offender Registration Act.
* Christopher Lee Hall, 28, 136 Forest View Drive, Surgoinsville, who was sentenced to two years and one day and $2,056 in fines and fees for two counts of aggravated statutory rape.
* Justin Brent Shell, 26, of Hampton, Tenn., who was sentenced to 11 months and 29 days of probation and $3,796 in fines, fees and restitution for theft under $1,000, possession of drug paraphernalia and simple possession of Schedule IV narcotics. One count of aggravated burglary was dismissed.
* Jenny Lynn Shaver, 44, 2015 Brown Drive Lot 30, Rogersville, who was sentenced to three years of community corrections and ordered to pay $1,397 in fines and fees for aggravated burglary and theft under $500.
* Ricky Lynn Sharp, 59, 2015 Brown Drive, Lot 30, Rogersville, who was sentenced to three years of community corrections and ordered to pay $1,541 in fines and fees for aggravated burglary and theft under $500.
* Nathan Conner Sandidge, 36, no address available, who was sentenced to one year and ordered to pay $3,300 in fines, fees and restitution for three counts of forgery and theft under $1,000.
* Preston Harrison Tate Moore, 22, 1153 Old stage Road, Rogersville, who was sentenced to one year of probation and $1,395 in fines and fees for forgery.