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Former chaplain nets new charges, bond increased

Becky Campbell • Jan 6, 2019 at 11:50 AM

After the alleged victim said he contacted her through a social media photography app, new charges were filed this week against a man already facing accusations of statutory rape by an authority figure, solicitation to commit statutory rape and other sex crimes.

Anthony Dale Padgett, 51, 645 Bayless Road, had been free on a $30,000 bond from his first set of charges, filed in December.

On Thursday, Washington County Sheriff’s investigators served Padgett with a second warrant charging him with violation of an order of protection. He was arraigned on the charge Friday in Washington County General Sessions Court and was being held on a $100,000 bond.

That order of protection went into effect in November after the female, now an adult, sought assistance at the Family Justice Center. 

The petition for the order of protection documents more than 100 allegations of rape since November 2017, but she said the crimes started occurring in 2015, and the most recent rape was in September. She also reported that Padgett was verbally, emotionally and physically abusive to her and called her derogatory names. 

During Padgett’s arraignment on the rape charges in December, he was ordered to not have any contact with the woman, and he waived the charges to a grand jury without a preliminary hearing. But according to the new warrant, Padgett violated the order of protection by “following the victim on a photography mobile app ... a type of social media app used to share one’s photographs with other people,” the warrant stated.

Apparently the app sends a notification to account users when someone views their photos.

“The victim advises that she received a notification on her cell phone at 4:18 a.m. on Dec. 30, 2018, in reference to the defendant’s activity on the account,” Investigator Nicki Salyer wrote in the warrant.

Padgett’s court date on the violation charge is Jan. 9. The first set of charges will be heard in Criminal Court on Feb. 1. Padgett once worked as a volunteer chaplain for law enforcement offices in the area.

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