A Russellville man was sentenced to 90 days in jail on four counts of third degree sexual assault on a victim under the age of 12.
Melvin Lee White, age 64, entered an Alford plea last week in Logan District Court to the four counts of third degree sexual assault on a victim under the age of 12. The charges were amended down from first degree sexual assault as part of a plea deal. Also, six other counts of first degree sexual assault with a victim under 12 were dismissed.
In an Alford plea, the defendant admits that sufficient evidence exists with which the prosecution could likely convince a judge or jury to find the defendant guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
According to court documents, White was charged with the crimes after inappropriately fondling two young girls between May 1 and June 24, 2011. The documents say the inappropriate touching occurred “7-10 times” with each victim.
White was originally indicted on 10 counts of first degree sexual assault with a victim under 12 in September of last year and was arraigned in October.
In addition to serving up to three months in county jail, White must also spend 20 years on a sex offender registry after his release from prison. Also, he is ordered to have no contact with the two victims once he is out of jail.