Eckhard Enters Plea in Sexual Assault Case

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Duane Eckhard will spend the next 10-20 years behind bars. That’s after entering an Alford plea in Ohio County court Thursday.

An Alford plea means he agrees the prosecution has enough evidence to convict him on the five count indictment that was handed down in September of last year.

The charges stems from an incident in February of 2014 when a 12-year-old girl claims that Eckhard sexually assaulted her.

The victim in the case was interviewed by Harmony House Child Advocacy Center.

“The child, during that interview explicitly, disclosed sexual conduct by the defendant. The information contained within the records and showing of the video from Harmony House would result in a conviction of guilty of the defendant on count 5 in the indictment,” said Ohio County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, Jenna Perkins.

That count Eckhard entered the plea for was sexual assault by a parent, custodian, or person of trust.

He must also register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.  He will be placed on probation for 50-years once he is released from prison.

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