Coquille man takes plea deal in sex abuse case

2013-04-09T09:56:00Z 2013-04-09T11:22:28Z Coquille man takes plea deal in sex abuse case Coos Bay World
April 09, 2013 9:56 am

COQUILLE — A Coquille man charged with multiple sex crimes struck a deal Monday that will prevent him from becoming a felon.

Steven Sutphin, 27, was scheduled for a court hearing Monday but reached a plea agreement with Coos County District Attorney Paul Frasier.

Sutphin originally was charged with first-degree attempted rape, first-degree unlawful sexual penetration and second-degree sexual abuse.

He was accused of trying to rape a woman Nov. 1. He pleaded guilty to touching the woman without her consent.

Both the sexual penetration and attempted rape charges were dismissed. The sexual abuse charge was reduced to a third-degree offense, which is a misdemeanor.   

Sutphin must register as a sex offender until he meets all the terms of his probation. After that, he can shed his sex offender status.

Sentencing is scheduled at 8:30 a.m., April 22.

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