Man pleads guilty to sexual abuse

Bobby Beavers' victim was 15 years old when he sexually abused her 1997.

Now in her 20s, prosecutors say she's happy with the 45-year-old's Tuesday guilty plea to second-degree sexual abuse — a misdemeanor that netted him two years on unsupervised probation.

Beavers balked at first when Russell County Circuit Court Judge George Greene asked whether he committed the act, saying that even though it was a best-interest guilty plea, he must still admit guilt.

"Yes, sir," Beavers told the judge. "Yes, sir, I did."

Best-interest pleas can occur when defendants feel that they would receive more time in prison if convicted by a jury as opposed to if they plead guilty.

Assistant District Attorney Joe Edwards said the victim told authorities about the abuse last year.

"The victim is satisfied with it," he said. "I think it's a good best-interest plea. He will have to register as a sex offender."

Beavers must also pay a $1,000 fine.