Elizabethton man charged with rape pleads guilty to lessor charge, sentenced to 3 years in prison

CARTER COUNTY, TN - Christopher Fox was initially charged with rape but pleaded to a lesser charge of sexual battery by an authority figure. Judge Stacy Street sentenced Fox to three years in prison. 

Fox is to have no contact with the victim or the victim's family. 

"You heard the judge, he agree that there were facts and circumstances the state would have presented at trial and he agreed that he was guilty of that charge so its a good resolve, it just keeps it from going into a trial or having to prolong things even more, " Captain Shane Darling with the Elizabethton Police said. 

Fox is expected to be detained within the Tennessee Department of Corrections as soon as space is available.He will have to register as a sex offender. 

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