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Man Takes Deal In Sex Assaults On Disabled Girl

SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) – A 73-year-old Midland County man accused of sexually assaulting a disabled woman beginning when she was 9 years old has accepted a plea deal to lesser charges.

Robert E. Potts pleaded guilty Jan. 8 to three counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct. Saginaw County Circuit Judge James T. Borchard has scheduled his sentencing for Feb. 14.

In exchange for the plea, prosecutors dropped four counts of first-degree and two counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct, as well as child pornography charges.

The deal calls for Potts to get no more than four years, three months in prison.

Saginaw County authorities say the victim is developmentally disabled. They say the assaults began when she was 9 and took place over 16 years.

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