Elizabethtown man takes plea deal in child sex abuse case; prosecutors sought to avoid trial

An Elizabethtown man accepted a plea deal on Tuesday in a child sex abuse case.

Joseph Sweat, 36, was originally charged with three counts of first-degree sexual abuse involving an eight-year-old girl. He agreed to plead guilty to three counts of second-degree sexual abuse, according to the News-Enterprise.

Sweat was arrested in January after he had inappropriate contact with the same girl on two occasions — during a sleepover at his home, and in a tent set up in a living room at the victim’s home. Both occurred in December 2017.

Prosecutors recommended two-years probation, and that Sweat complete a sex offender treatment program and register as a sex offender.

Prosecutors wanted to avoid a trial because of inconsistent statements from the victim, according to the newspaper.

By Ken Howlett, News Director

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