Rene Harvey, 73, was to go on trial next week, but changed his plea to guilty at a hearing Thursday He was sentenced by Judge Kenneth Hayden to seven years in the Missouri Department of Corrections.
Harvey had been held in Laclede County Jail in lieu of half a million dollars bond. He was working as a maintenance man at a mobile home park in Lebanon at the time of his arrest in September of 2012.
Harvey also appears on the Missouri sex offender registry in connection with a 1993 offense involving a 9-year-old female.
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