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A Rineyville man who accepted a plea deal in November on a sexual abuse charge was formally sentenced Tuesday afternoon in Hardin Circuit Court.
Loren K. Diehlman, 44, pled guilty to first-degree sexual abuse as well as persistent felony offense. He was sentenced to 10 years and could be eligible for parole in two years if a sex offender treatment program is completed. He also will be monitored for five years and have to enter the Kentucky Sex Offender Registry for 20 years following his release.
During the sentencing, the girl, who was younger than 18 at the time of the incident, chose not to speak. Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Teresa Logsdon said she and the girl were satisfied with the outcome of the case.
“We thought it was a fair disposition,” she said. “We felt it accurately would reflect the evidence that would come out at trial.”
Diehlman was arrested Oct. 10, 2012 after the girl reported the incident to the Hardin County’s Sheriff’s Office. He was indicted the following month.
Logsdon said the agreement was reached following consultation with the girl and reviewing the evidence.
According to Logsdon, there was DNA evidence in the case consistent with sexual contact.
Police said the teen visited Diehlman’s residence Oct. 7, 2012, and the defendant took her to a shed behind the house.
While there, he “physically restrained” the teen and “forcibly committed sexual intercourse on her,” according to an arrest warrant.
Gina Clear can be reached at 270-505-1746 or email@example.com.