A Benton County Circuit Court judge sentenced a 68-year-old Albany man to nearly two years in prison Friday for attempted sexual abuse of a child, court records show.

Stewart Robert Parker should spend 22 months in prison, Judge David Connell decided.

Prosecutors charged Parker in May with eight sexual abuse and child endangering charges for alleged incidents between January 2015 and March 2017, according to court records. In accordance with a plea deal with the state, Parker pleaded no contest to endangering the welfare of a minor, a misdemeanor; and attempted first-degree sexual abuse, a felony. The remaining counts were dismissed.

The judge sentenced Parker to 180 days in jail for the misdemeanor charge, which is to be served at the same time as the longer sentence. Parker should be placed on three years of post-prison supervision after being released from incarceration, Connell ordered.

Parker must also register as a sex offender and pay more than $2,000 in restitution to ABC House, the judge decided.

Albany attorney Forrest Reid represented Parker in court. Deputy District Attorney Amie Matusko prosecuted the case.

Lillian Schrock covers public safety for the Gazette-Times. She may be reached at 541-758-9548 or lillian.schrock@lee.net. Follow her on Twitter at @LillieSchrock. 

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