Joshua Bechdoldt was 19 years old when he engaged in a sex act with a 14-year-old girl, court records state.
That age difference was just enough to make the accusation a felony instead of a misdemeanor, to which Bechdoldt pleaded guilty on Monday, said his attorney, Stephen Craft.
Bechdoldt and the girl engaged in a sex act on Sept. 30, 2008, records state. Craft said initial accusations suggested force was involved, but police determined the act was consensual.
Bechdoldt pleaded guilty to one count of sodomy. He was sentenced to one year in prison, followed by four on probation, court officials said. He must register as a sex offender, though he can ask the court to remove that status once his probation is completed, Craft added.
"He’s been in jail for a while," Craft said. "It’s probably a reasonable outcome, all things considered."
If Bechdoldt had been one year younger, he might have been charged with a misdemeanor. The sodomy statute states that if the victim is between 13 and 16 years old, and the defendant is 18 or younger and no more than four years older than the victim, then he would face a misdemeanor charge.