A Radcliff man lodged in the Hardin County Detention Center since December for being non-compliant with the sex offender registry for more than a year accepted a plea offer Tuesday in Hardin Circuit Court.

Johnny Ray Tarter, 52, received an eight-year sentence with an eight-month alternate sentence, which he has served. The remaining seven years and four months is probated for five years.

Should Tarter, who twice has failed to comply with the sex offender registry, violate the agreement, he will serve the remainder of the sentence in jail.

According to the Kentucky State Police Sex Offender Registry, Tarter was convicted of second-degree rape of a then 7-year-old. He was arrested Oct. 30, 2001, his warrant states.

He must register as a lifetime sex offender.

Tarter first was charged July 15, 2010, for failing to comply with the sex offender registry.

He was non-compliant from December 2017 through October 2018. He was arrested Dec. 5, 2018, by Radcliff police.

Second offense failure to register as a sex offender is a Class C felony punishable by five to 10 years in prison, if convicted.

Tarter’s formal sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 17.

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