Recently, in Henderson County, two individuals were convicted of criminal offenses involving minors. On January 31, 2020, 39 year old Nathaniel Steven Wells was convicted of one count of sexual exploitation of a minor (greater than 100 images) and two counts of especially aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor. The trial court ordered him to serve ten years in the Tennessee Department of Corrections without the possibility of parole. The case was the result of a joint investigation by Lexington Police Department Investigators Wendy Nichols and Brad Wilson, together with Jackson Police Department Investigator Karrie Hart.
On February 13, 2020, a jury convicted 73 year old Anthony Skelton of five counts of rape of a child and one count of aggravated sexual battery. On April 7, 2020, the trial court sentenced Skelton to twenty-five years in the Tennessee Department of Correction without the possibility of parole. Investigator Crystal Duke and Investigator Jeremiah Adams, both of the Henderson County Sheriff’s Department, investigated the case.
Assistant District Attorney General Angela Scott represented the state in both cases. Upon release from incarceration, both defendants will be subject to lifetime community supervision. District Attorney General Jody Pickens stated, “These sentences should serve to send the message that sex offenses involving minors are…
For the complete story, see the July 29th edition of The Lexington Progress.