SALINE COUNTY, Mo. – A Sweet Springs man will serve at least half of a 10 year sentence before he is eligible for parole.

Kurtis Walden, Saline County Sheriff’s Office

On the recommendation of the Saline County Prosecutor, a judge sentenced Kurtis A. G. Walden, 20, to 10 years in prison on a reduced felony count of Child Molestation in the third degree. The Judge made a it a condition of the sentence that Walden serve five years of shock incarceration. Walden changed his plea to guilty in October, after prosecutors reduced a first degree statutory rape charge to child molestation.

Walden admitted to having a sexual relationship with a victim under the age of 14.