Knoxville man granted new trial after Baumgartner scandal pleads

Knoxville man granted new trial after Baumgartner scandal pleads guilty to child rape charges

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Jayson Bailey (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office) Jayson Bailey (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office)
KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A Knoxville man granted a new trial in the wake of ex-Judge Richard Baumgartner's sex and painkiller addiction scandal pleaded guilty to child rape charges Tuesday and was sentenced to 34 years in prison.

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Jayson Bailey, 36, was convicted in April 2010 on four counts of rape of a child. Judge Baumgartner  presided and sentenced him to 38 years in prison. But in March 2011, Baumgartner resigned from the bench and pleaded guilty to official misconduct.

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A Tennessee Bureau of Investigation probe found Baumgartner bought pills from a man convicted in his drug court and had an affair with a woman who was previously in his drug court.

Bailey's attorney, Greg Isaacs, claimed Baumgartner's addiction prevented his client from getting a fair trial.

Bailey pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges of rape of a child, statutory rape by an authority figure and aggravated sexual battery.
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