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Man pleads guilty to sex with 14-year-old

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By Calen McKinney

 

A Campbellsville man has been sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to having sex with a 14-year-old girl.

Last August, Douglas Bunch, 24, of 112 Ford St., was indicted by a Taylor County grand jury and charged with third-degree rape.

According to the indictment, Bunch allegedly had sexual contact with the girl between June 30 and July 7 at his home.

Bunch appeared before Taylor Circuit Court Judge Dan Kelly in December and pleaded guilty to the crime. Last Tuesday, he appeared before Kelly for sentencing.

Bunch was sentenced to five years' probation, ordered to pay a $1,000 fine and will be required to register as a sex offender and attend sex offender treatment.

Court records state that the plea agreement was reached with the victim's consent.

C.B. Bates of the Department of Public Advocacy in Columbia represented Bunch and Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney John Miller prosecuted the case.

"Mr. Bunch's case was resolved through the mediation process," Miller said. "The victim was involved in that process and agreed with the resolution ... "

Bates didn't return a request for comment on the case before press time.

If convicted by a jury, Bunch could have been sentenced to as much as five years in prison.