For the first time, Shelby County Mayor A C Wharton is speaking out about his son's crime. Mayor Wharton III pleaded guilty to the statutory rape of a 13-year-old this summer.
Authorities say Wharton posed as a 20-year-old in an on-line chat room and then went to the teen's Knoxville home while her mother was away and had sex with her.
Wharton III served four months behind bars and faces two years of probation.
Mayor A C Wharton talked about the case publicly for the first time at a celebration for prisoners graduating from a carpentry program at the correction center.
"But once he said I did it, I said son, I don't care how good a lawyer I am, how much money, if you did it, you got to suffer the consequences, and that's what he did. I only hope now as I said to you with respect to these young men, that he has confessed to what he did, did his time, followed the rules, I hope he'll be received in society, given a chance to make amends and become a productive citizen," said Wharton.