Chattanooga foster dad sentenced to probation for rape of teen

photo Richard Batson

A foster care provider who pleaded guilty to the statutory rape of his 16-year-old foster daughter wept Monday as he learned he would not have to go back to jail.

Richard Batson, 43, received a sentence of four years of probation from Hamilton County Criminal Court Judge Rebecca Stern after pleading guilty to statutory rape by an authority figure for a 2010 incident.

Despite the relatively light sentence, Batson's name will remain indefinitely on a sex offenders list.

Batson's attorney, Cindy Bice, said that Batson "was absolutely devastated" in the incident's aftermath. He was 41 at the time, with young daughters of his own, she said.