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Man who sexually abused teen sentenced to 20 years

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IDAHO FALLS — A 48-year-old man will serve a minimum of four years in prison for sexually abusing a teenager.

Sean Dulac of Idaho Falls, pleaded guilty on May 31 to felony sexual battery by lewd or lascivious acts on a minor child 16 to 17 years of age. On Wednesday, Dulac appeared before District Judge Bruce Pickett in Bonneville County for sentencing.

Prosecutors recommended a fixed term of five years in prison for Dulac, but Pickett chose to go with a four-year fixed term with 16 years indeterminate. Dulac will be required to register as a sex offender and pay more than $2,000 in fines.

Dulac was given credit for 173 days served in the county jail, as he has been incarcerated since he was charged.

Dulac was originally charged with one felony count of lewd conduct with a child under 16 and one felony count of lewd or lascivious acts on a minor child 16 to 17 years of age.

As part of a plea agreement, prosecutors dismissed the second count and amended the first to a lesser charge, which Dulac pleaded guilty to.

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Dulac was booked into the Bonneville County Jail in February after a sexual assault victim came forward. Court records show the mother of the victim reported the abuse on Jan. 29, but it started in the summer of 2012 when the girl was 14-years-old.

The teenager told investigators Dulac molested her for years and forced her to have sexual intercourse with him. Court documents indicate Dulac threatened to hurt the victim, her mother and their dog if she told anyone.

Dulac initially denied the accused acts, according to court records, but later admitted to touching the victim inappropriately. He told investigators “she did not refuse my advances.”