Kingsport man gets 16 years for sexual battery against two children

Jeff Bobo • Oct 12, 2019 at 5:30 PM

ROGERSVILLE — A Kingsport man who was originally charged with two counts of rape of a child against children ages 7 and 9 that occurred in 2016 was sentenced to 16 years Friday as part of a plea agreement.

Christopher Wayne Lane, 36, who lived in the Hawkins County portion of Kingsport at the time of the offenses, offered an Alford Plea Friday in Hawkins County Criminal Court to two counts of aggravated sexual battery.

Judge John Dugger sentenced Lane to consecutive terms of eight years for each count for a total of 16 years which must be served in prison at 100 percent.

An Alford Plea is not an admission of guilt, but an admission that the evidence was sufficient to convict him.

Assistant Attorney General Ryan Blackwell presented Dugger with a letter from the victims' mother supporting dismissal of the two additional counts of child rape.

Child rape is a class A felony punishable by 15-25 years if convicted.

Lane was originally arrested by the HCSO on Oct. 23, 2017 and charged with two counts of rape of a child after allegedly admitting to sexual contact with the 9-year-old girl he babysat during the week of Oct. 10-14, 2016.

The second offense against the other child reportedly took place between Aug. 1-31, 2016, but wasn’t charged until 2018.

Upon being interviewed on the day of his initial arrest, Lane allegedly admitted that he had touched the first child in a sexual manner twice during the week he babysat the child at her home just north of the Church Hill city limits.

Public defender Russell Maddox noted that the admission would have been contested in court because Lane was determined to be incompetent at that time.

Lane subsequently underwent competency training and later became competent to stand trial.

Dugger also issued a restraining order prohibiting Lane from ever contacting the victims, and he will be on the Sex Offender Registry for life.

In other Criminal Court business Friday:

* A failure to appear arrest warrant was issued for Ronald Don Collins, 45, 313 Summerville Road, Kingsport, who was scheduled for a plea hearing Friday on one count of home improvement fraud over $10,000.

* Destiny Toni Ann Reed, 26, no address available, was sentenced to one year of probation and ordered to pay $950 in restitution for three counts of criminal simulation and theft under $1,000.

* A plea hearing that was scheduled for former Surgoinsville Middle School teacher Ona Elisha Lyn Wilder, 27, 208 Huffmaster St., Rogersville on one count of statutory rape by an authority figure was rescheduled for Feb. 7