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Rhea man gets 16 years for child sexual battery

From the Rhea County Herald-News: Late last week, a Rhea County man pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated sexual battery of a child and will spend 16 years in state prison, according to the Rhea County Sheriff’s Department. 


Douglas Clayton was originally indicted in November 2020 for rape of a child and aggravated sexual battery, but agreed to plead guilty to the two lesser counts in Circuit Court Judge Bradley Sherman’s court last week. Clayton will also be a lifetime registered sex offender.


The investigation into Clayton began in late 2020 when a family member found evidence of possible sexual assault against a child under 5 years old.