A Craigsville man pleaded guilty Friday morning to molesting a young girl. Shaun Bartley, 35, will serve 15 years for two counts of aggravated sexual battery.
The Augusta County Sheriff's Office arrested him in May after the 10-year-old female victim came forward.
He will be on supervised probation for 40 years and when this time is up, he cannot have unsupervised contact with minors. Bartley's attorney believes the sentence struck an appropriate balance.
"The agreement that the commonwealth reached with the defendant served the interest of justice and preserved what we could of Mr. Bartley's freedom for the future," said defense attorney Frankie Coyner.
Investigators say the abuse started about two years ago.
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