By John Madewell
Barney Slatton resigned today as a Sequatchie County Commissioner, but he will not go to jail. Slatton also doesn't have to register as a sex offender.
Those were some of the conditions of his guilty plea to solicitation of a minor for sex and statutory rape. The two crimes were with two different girls.
The teenager involved in the solicitation charge was 17 years old at the time in September of 2010. Slatton was 34.
There was no sexual act in that case, but solicitation in person and suggestive text and Facebook messages.
The statutory rape case happened between 2007 and 2008 with a 16-year-old girl.
Slatton has been sentenced to four years of supervised probation, 100 hours of community service and no contact with either victim.
Friends and family of the victims were in court but declined to comment.
District Attorney Mike Taylor said they were satisfied with the sentence, specifically his resignation from the Commission.
Chairman of the Commission Tommy Johnson told NewsChannel 9 the vacant seat will be recognized at the next Monday's meeting.
Next, the Commission will go through a nomination and appointment process. It hopes to have Slatton's District 1 seat filled at some point in January. The appointee will fill the seat until the August 2012 election.