WATERVILLE — An East Wenatchee man who admitted to sexually abusing a young girl has been sentenced to a year in jail.

Phillip J. Arnold, 39, turned himself into authorities in January and told an East Wenatchee Police detective he twice sexually assaulted an 8- or 9-year-old girl in 2014.

In February, Arnold pleaded guilty in Douglas County Superior Court to one count of first-degree child rape. Judge Brian Huber sentenced him to 12 months in Okanogan County Jail to be followed by five years of sex offender treatment, according to a sentencing document.

Huber imposed a Special Sex Offender Sentencing Alternative, which allows Arnold to receive treatment rather than the minimum 93-month prison term for first-degree child rape.

As part of the sentence, Arnold will spend the rest of his life under court-imposed community custody conditions, to include but not limited to, no contact with the victim or her family without permission from the state Department of Corrections.

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