Former police chaplain tried to hire hitman, faces murder charges

Anthony Padgett now faces murder charges.

Washington County detectives say a former police chaplain tried to hire a hitman to kill the woman he's accused of sexually assaulting as a juvenile.

Anthony Padgett was initially charged last year with statutory rape by an authority figure.

He's now charged with solicitation to commit first degree murder.

While in jail, investigators say he offered a cellmate $1,500 up front, a vehicle, several guns and ammo, prescription medications, and a gun cleaning kit to kill the victim and her boyfriend.

Padgett wanted them to die in a car crash or any another means associated with the victim's medical condition.

Padgett then offered to pay an additional $8,000 after they were dead.

Both are witnesses against him in the child rape case.

Padgett was charged in December after a month-long investigation into reports of statutory rape by an authority figure.

He's accused of raping the victim more than 100 times.

Johnson City police say Padgett once volunteered as a police chaplain, but had not been active recently.

His bail now stands at $350,000.

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