Man pleads guilty to sex offenses

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By Amber Coulter

A Radcliff man accused of raping and sodomizing two children last year accepted a plea deal Monday afternoon that would require him to serve at least 34 years in prison.

Dambrocio A. Hughes, 28, pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree rape and four counts of first degree sodomy.

Forcible contact is alleged. Both children were younger than 12 at the time of the offenses, which Hughes admitted took place between Jan. 1 and June 17, 2012.

All charges against Hughes are Class A felonies because the victims are younger than 12.

Hughes’s attorney, Heather Strotman, said there was an injury related to one of the alleged incidents and there were two prior incidents prosecutors might have been able to get admitted if the case proceeded to trial.

Those facts that contributed to Hughes deciding to accept a plea deal, she said.

The agreement would require Hughes to serve at least 34 years of a 40-year sentence before becoming eligible for parole.

He would also be required to remain a registered sex offender for life, undergo treatment while incarcerated, comply with a five-year conditional discharge period when released and possibly undergo further treatment upon release.

Hardin Circuit Judge Kelly Mark Easton has the option of accepting the deal or rejecting it.

If he rejects it, Hughes can withdraw his guilty plea and proceed to trial or accept Easton’s sentence.

The maximum sentence Hughes faces if Easton rejects the deal or Hughes is convicted is life imprisonment.

Sentencing has been scheduled for 10 a.m. June 25.

The sentencing will wait for three months because Hughes might be required to undergo a sex offender evaluation.

Easton also will be able to consider a pre-sentence investigation report and any victim impact statements that might be filed by the children or their families.

Hughes is lodged at the Hardin County Detention Center in lieu of a $200,000 cash bond.

Amber Coulter can be reached at (270) 505-1746 or acoulter@thenewsenterprise.com.