A Blountville, Tennessee, man was given a five-year prison sentence with all but 45 days suspended in Smyth County Circuit Court Friday for having sex with a girl under the age of 13.
Twenty-year-old Cody Alan Doran was originally arrested and charged in May of last year with 10 counts of rape and 10 counts of taking indecent liberties with a child in Smyth County.
Doran’s arrest stemmed from an investigation into his relationship with a then 13-year-old Saltville girl, according to court records.
Those documents indicate that both Doran and the victim told police that they had been in a relationship for nearly a year and both admitted to having sexual intercourse at a number of locations in Smyth and Washington counties. Investigators determined that the girl was 12 when sexual relations began.
In addition to the Smyth County charges, and because some of the incidents took place across the Washington County line, Doran was charged with five counts of carnal knowledge of a child in Washington County Circuit Court.
Doran pleaded guilty in Smyth County Friday to one count of taking indecent liberties with children, in exchange for the other 19 charges being nolle processed, meaning the commonwealth declined to prosecute at this time.
Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Brendan Roche said the agreement had been reached given Doran’s lack of criminal history and the fact that the sex was consensual and the victim was reluctant to testify.
A similar agreement was made in Washington County Circuit Court earlier this month.
While Doran was granted time served for the Smyth County charge, Judge Randall C. Lowe also imposed a three-year supervised probation sentence and ordered him to take part in any counseling his probation office recommends. Doran is also ordered to register as a sex offender.