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Hawkins man gets house arrest for receiving sexually explicit photos from minor

Jeff Bobo • Feb 22, 2020 at 9:00 PM

ROGERSVILLE — A Hawkins County man who was accused of receiving sexually explicit photos from a 17-year-old girl via text on Christmas Day, 2018 was sentenced to two years of house arrest Friday in exchange for a guilty plea to sexual exploitation of a minor.

Andrew Marvin Dorton, 29, Bulls Gap, was originally indicted on four counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, one count for each photo he received from the victim.

On Friday, Dorton appeared before Criminal Court Judge John Dugger and agreed to plead guilty to one count, with the other three being dismissed.

In requesting house arrest for Dorton, Public Defender Russell Maddox noted that the victim was only two weeks from turning 18 at the time of the offenses. Dorton is also employed.

Aside from having to serve two years and one day of house arrest, Dorton is now a convicted felon, and he will be on the sex offender registry for life.

Other guilty pleas heard Friday by Dugger:

Jennifer Juanita Laux, 51, Rogersville, was sentenced to three years of house arrest and fined $4,100 for possession of oxymorphone with intent to deliver, possession of oxycodone with intent to deliver, and maintaining a dwelling where narcotics are kept or sold.

Glenda Charlene Helton, 41, Rogersville, was sentenced to two years and one day of house arrest for facilitation of delivery of Schedule II narcotics.

Victor John Arnold, 26, Rogersville, was sentenced to four years probation and ordered to pay $5,000 in restitution for theft over $2,500 and filing a false report.

Peggy Lynn Parson, 56, Rogersville, was sentenced to eight years at 30% and fined $2,175 for possession of meth with intent to deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia and public intoxication. Dugger agreed that she can be transferred from prison to a long-term drug rehab center when she is accepted.

William Cody Casteel, 23, Kingsport, was sentenced to two years and one day at 30% for theft over $2,500, vandalism, and joyriding, which was reduced from theft over $10,000. He was fined $450, restitution was reserved, and a restraining order was signed for the victim.

Johnny Thomas Barton, 46, Bulls Gap, was sentenced to three years at 30%, fined $550 and ordered to pay $332 in restitution for aggravated burglary, theft over $1,000 and theft under $1,000.

Wayne O’Brian Gibson, 45, Kingsport, was sentenced to two years and one day at 30% and ordered to pay $7,635 in restitution for 10 counts of forgery and theft over $2,500. Another 18 counts of forgery were dismissed.

Wayne Lorel Earl, 54, Church Hill, was sentenced to 180 days in jail, 10 years on state probation, and $2,275 in fines for possession of meth with intent to deliver, simple possession of marijuana, and driving on a revoked license.

Robert Kenneth Greer, 48, was sentenced to eight years at 35%, fined $600 and ordered to pay $900 in restitution for aggravated burglary and theft over $2,500. That will run concurrently with an eight year drug trafficking sentence being served out of Hamblen County, but consecutive to a seven year Hawkins County sentence he had been serving on probation from a 2016 conviction on two counts each of burglary and theft.

Dugger also issued an arrest warrant for Richard Allen King Jr., 21, Kingsport who is charged with aggravated robbery, theft over $1,000 and vandalism over $1,000, and was scheduled to enter a plea Friday. 

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