On April 20, Larry L. Newton, 41, Clay City, on advice of his counsel John D. Bodine, pled guilty to a class B felony charge of sexual misconduct with a minor before Circuit Court Judge P.J. Pierson.
As part of the negotiated plea agreement, Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney John R. Springer, on behalf of the State of Indiana, agreed to dismiss the remaining class D felony child solicitation charge. Both parties also agreed that any sentence in the matter should not exceed the State's advisory sentence for a class B felony, which is 10 years.
The incident was alleged to have occurred at Newton's business End of The Trail Tack and Feed, 609 W. Broadway St., Shelburn, Ind., in May 2007.
Stemming from an investigation by members of the Terre Haute Post Indiana State Police Criminal Investigation Division, Clay County Sheriff's Department and the Clay City Police, Newton was alleged to have fondled a 15-year-old female juvenile, exposed himself and performed sexual deviate conduct on the victim .
Officials confirmed there were no other alleged incidents before or after the May 2007 incident.
Pierson sentenced Newton to 10 years at the Indiana Department of Correction, with four years suspended and credit for one day previously served.
Newton will also receive four years probation on the condition of good behavior, report monthly to the Sullivan County Probation Office, provide a DNA sample, pay all fines and costs in the matter, submit to searches by the probation department and law enforcement officers, complete an anger management course, shall have no contact with the victim and register as a sexual offender per state statute.
Newton was remanded into the custody of the Sullivan County Sheriff's Department for to begin the formal procedures for execution of his sentence.