A 20-year-old Selah man accused of molesting a 9-year-old girl agreed to a plea deal Wednesday that will put him away for at least 10 years.
Alan Ray French pleaded guilty in Yakima County Superior Court to a charge of first-degree molestation of a child. Sentencing was set for May 21, following a pre-sentence investigation.
French was accused of molesting the girl Nov. 1 while visiting at a home in east Selah.
Under the terms of the deal, French faces a minimum sentence of 10 years in prison and could get up to life, depending on a future determination by the state parole board.
The conviction counts as a first strike under both Washington’s two-strikes-you’re-out law for sex crimes and the state’s more encompassing three-strikes law.
French also has to register as a sex offender for life and is barred by court order from contact with children for life.
He had a criminal record as a juvenile in Kittitas County that included a conviction in 2008 on two counts of first-degree molestation.
Deputy prosecutor Codee McDaniel said both the victim’s family and law enforcement were in favor of the plea agreement.