Plea Deal In Sex Abuse Case

Silver City – An Arenas Valley man has been sentenced to 11 years in prison following a plea deal on charges of criminal sexual contact and child abuse.

Prosecutors say 55-year-old Larry Bledsoe pleaded guilty to three counts of criminal sexual contact with a minor under the age of 13 and two counts of child abuse.

The Silver City Sun-News says the charges stemmed from a March 2010 incident involving a 3-month old boy who was in Bledsoe's care.

Bledsoe was sentenced Thursday in Silver City District Court after reaching a plea agreement.

He was facing up to 36 years in prison. His plea deal suspended all but 11 years of the prison term.

Authorities say Bledsoe also must register as a sex offender for life.

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