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A Berea man who admitted Thursday to having sexual contact with an underage girl and will be formally sentenced July 5 in Madison Circuit Court.

The state is recommending a five-year sentence for Patrick Raye Shouse, 43, who pleaded guilty to amended charges.

After what Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Jennifer Smith called a “successful mediation,” one of Shouse’s original charges was amended down and one was dropped.

Shouse was indicted in January on charges of first-degree sexual abuse, second-degree unlawful transaction with a minor, third-degree unlawful transaction with a minor and second-degree persistent felony offender.

After the mediation, Smith said the first-degree sexual abuse charge was amended to sexual misconduct and the persistent felony offender (PFO) charge was dropped. The PFO charge could have added an additional 10 years to Shouse’s sentence.

Shouse previously had been convicted of theft by deception, according to the indictment, and also was arrested in 2008 after being charged with driving under the influence, according to online jail records.

He is accused of fondling the girl and forcing her to fondle him, according to a warrant obtained in October last year by Berea Police Department Detective Lee Ann Boyle.

The unlawful transaction charges are related to giving the girl marijuana and alcohol, according to the indictment. This allegedly took place on several occasions between Jan. 1, 2010, and Nov. 30, 2010, according to court documents.

Smith submitted victim impact statements Thursday from the victim and her mother to Madison Circuit Judge William G. Clouse. The letters are to be examined prior to Shouse’s final sentencing, Smith said.

Shouse was arrested Nov. 1 at the Madison County Detention Center and was released the same day on a $10,000 property bond and a $2,500 unsecured bond.

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