Man pleads guilty to sex offense

November 28, 2006|by PEPPER BALLARD

An 18-year-old man pleaded guilty Monday to third-degree sex offense and was ordered to serve four years in prison for having sexual contact with his disabled stepsister in March.

Washington County Circuit Judge W. Kennedy Boone III suspended six years of a 10-year prison sentence for the conviction.

The man, who is not being named to protect the identity of his stepsister, was ordered to serve three years of probation, the first year of which was ordered supervised.

The incident occurred March 2, when the man inappropriately touched his older stepsister, Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Gina Cirincion said.

His attorney, Assistant Public Defender Stephen Musselman, said the man committed the offense "to get kicked out of his house."

Cirincion said the man's stepsister "remains frightened of him. She has not slept in her bedroom since this occurred."

The man originally was charged with second-degree rape and other charges, but pleaded guilty to a single count of third-degree sex offense.


Cirincion amended the second-degree rape charge on the man's charging document to third-degree sex offense. She said she amended the charge to negotiate a plea so that children involved in the case would not have to testify.

The man likely will serve one year of his sentence, Cirincion said. Third-degree sex offense is not considered a crime of violence, a designation that requires those convicted of such crimes to serve at least half of their sentences.

The man was ordered to have no contact with his stepsister.

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