DUNCAN — A 48-year-old Stephens County man pleaded guilty Wednesday to committing child sexual abuse against his former friend’s daughter.
Robert Dean Shipley, Duncan, had been scheduled to begin trial in Stephens County District Court for felony charges of first-degree rape of a victim under 14, and for lewd molestation, records indicate.
On Wednesday, Shipley pleaded guilty to two felony counts of assault with the intent to commit a felony. He received a five-year prison sentence for the first count followed consecutively by a two-year sentence for the second charge. He will receive two years of supervised probation following release, must register as a sex offender and have no contact with minor children without the presence of another adult and must have no contact with the victim, records indicate.
Shipley came under investigation in November 2022 after the mother of the two girls reported a former family friend had touched her then-12-year-old daughter inappropriately on numerous occasions for the prior two or three years, the warrant affidavit states. She said it continued until the families had a falling out, Egger stated.
During a forensic interview with the 12-year-old and her mother, the victim said Shipley “grabbed her by the hair” and forced her to watch pornographic movies, would expose himself and make her expose herself, as well, the affidavit states. She said he also touched her while she was naked.
Shipley will receive credit for time served. He has been held on $300,000 bond since his initial court appearance on Nov. 14, 2022, records indicate.