NEOSHO, Mo. — A judge Monday ordered a 24-year-old Joplin man to complete a sex offender program in the state prison system for statutory rape of a 16-year-old girl.

Circuit Judge Tim Perigo assessed Steven A. Brott five years in prison on a conviction for second-degree statutory rape in Newton County Circuit Court. The judge ordered that Brott must complete a sex offender program before being considered for probation.

Brott pleaded guilty Sept. 8 in a plea agreement dismissing a second count of statutory rape and a count of sexual exploitation of a minor.

A probable-cause affidavit alleged that he had sexual intercourse with the girl in March and June of 2013 in Joplin in Newton  County. He also allegedly exchanged explicit images with the girl via email and cellphones.     

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