Newton Pleads to Sexual Battery

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The former Lexington pastor arrested in February on charges of raping a young church member entered a guilty plea, Tuesday morning to lesser charges. According to the Henderson County circuit court clerk’s office, Anthony Newton’s plea agreement to three counts of sexual battery by an authority figure includes a four year prison sentence, served at 30 percent. The deal also means he must plead guilty to similar charges in Decatur County. That sentence will be in addition to Tuesday’s. Newton must also register as a sex offender.

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