Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News)- Attorneys have struck a plea deal that would keep a Rochester man accused of sexually assaulting a girl under the age of 10 out of prison. 

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Documents filed in Olmsted County Court Tuesday indicate 63-year-old Paul Collopy intends to plead guilty to one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct in exchange for a stayed prison sentence and five years of probation. The agreement, which would need the approval of the judge presiding over the case, also calls for Collopy to abide by the recommendations of a Psychosexual evaluation. 

Olmsted County Courtroom
Olmsted County Courtroom/photo by Kim David/Townsquare Media

The criminal complaint in the case alleges Collopy inappropriately touched the girl he was caring for after school from April 2021 through May 2021. Collopy also allegedly got the girl to touch him while he was supervising her. 

If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, resources are available for help. Visit the RAINN website (Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network) or dial 800-656-HOPE (800-656-4673).

The complaint says the girl told her mother about the touching in May 2022. The girl confirmed the story during a pair of interviews with law enforcement in May and June. 

Callopy will be allowed to withdraw his guilty plea if the judge rejects the plea agreement. A date for the next court proceeding in the case has not yet been announced.

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