Man pleads guilty to sexual abuse

A Winchester man agreed to a five-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to sexual abuse charges.

David Archer, 38, was arrested by Winchester Police in February 2017 after he was indicted by the Clark County grand jury.

Thursday in Clark Circuit Court, Archer pleaded guilty to the amended charge of first-degree sexual abuse.

He was originally indicted for first-degree unlawful transaction with a minor for allegedly giving a 14-year-old child alcohol and then subjecting the child to sexual activity on Dec. 26, 2016, according to court documents.

According to state statute, first-degree unlawful transaction involves subjecting a juvenile to illegal sexual activity or illegal controlled substance activity.

The charge is a class B felony with a sentence of five to 10 years upon conviction.

First-degree sexual abuse, to which Archer pleaded guilty, involves subjecting a person younger than 16 to sexual contact.

The charge is a class D felony with a sentence of one to five years upon conviction.

Archer is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 10, 2019, in Clark Circuit Court.

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