SALINE COUNTY, Mo. — The defendant in a child molestation case pleaded guilty Monday to a reduced charge as part of a plea agreement.

Kurtis Walden, Saline County Sheriff’s Office

A statutory rape charge against 19-year-old Kurtis A. G. Walden was reduced to third degree child molestation, listed in court records as a class ‘C’ felony.

Walden admitted to raping a young girl under the age of 14 at a residence in Sweet Springs in Winter of 2018.

Sentencing will be pronounced in a hearing scheduled for the afternoon of November 26 in Saline County.