BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- A Dexter man originally charged with child molestation has now plead guilty to first-degree statutory rape.
Christopher Abernathy, 35, was arrested in April on suspicion of the rape of a 2-year-old girl.
Abernathy allegedly admitted to the charges to the Dexter Police Department.
He is charged with the unclassified felony of statutory rape in the first degree with a person less than 14 years old.
Because in this case the victim is younger than 12 years old, the charge carries a mandatory penalty of 10 years in prison with a maximum of life.
The Board of Probation and Parole is performing a standard presentence investigation to determine what Abernathy's penalty will be.
The case is set for sentencing June 18.
Abernathy is currently held in the Stoddard County Jail on a $75,000 cash-only bond.