Tony Hunter

Tony Hunter

An Adairville man recently pled guilty to multiple counts of sexual abuse, being a persistent felony offender, intimidating a participant in the legal process, and assault fourth degree. The sexual crimes against a five and eight-year-old occurred between 2014 and 2017.

Tony R. Hunter accepted a plea agreement offered by the Commonwealth Attorney's office, which included a 13-year sentence and completion of a mandatory sex offender treatment program. As part of the agreement, Hunter will now be listed on the lifetime sex offender registry. He was also ordered to have no contact with the victims.

A sex offender registry is essentially a database of information about convicted sex offenders that are maintained and accessed by law enforcement to monitor and track sex offenders in the community. Some of the information in a registry of this kind is made available to the public at large, typically through sex offender websites. There are specific rules sex offenders must follow if listed on the registry.

Hunter was indicted Jan. 26 on four counts of first-degree sodomy (victim under 12 years of age), two counts of first-degree sexual abuse (victim under 12 years of age) and second-degree persistent felony offender.

He was also indicted for intimidated a participant in the legal process using physical force and threatening his mother to prevent her from reporting a criminal allegation against him. He was also indicted for being a persistent felony offender. The recent plea includes all aspects of the case.

"An agreed guilty plea in cases involving sexual abuse of very young victims is always bittersweet because, despite a terrible situation, the defendant has admitted their guilt and these young victims won't have to undergo the stress of testifying at trial," said Elizabeth Teel, assistant Commonwealth Attorney. "In this case, the Commonwealth is pleased with the result, as it ensures the defendant will serve a lengthy sentence, will be under conditional discharge conditions with the Department of Corrections after his release, and will be a registered sex offender for life. Mr. Crocker and I take these types of cases very seriously, and always seek to achieve justice for victims of sexual abuse while taking into consideration the sensitive and emotional nature of the charges."