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May 12, 2014

Man pleads guilty to exposure, attempted assault

HERMITAGE — A Hermitage man alleged to have tried to have sex with a sleeping woman has pleaded guilty to two counts.

Otis E. Sanders, 59, of 200 Orange Drive, pleaded guilty April 22 to charges of attempted indecent assault and indecent exposure. He entered an Alford plea, meaning he accepted prosecution allegations without acknowledging he committed the crime. Such pleas often are entered when someone was too drunk or high to remember what happened.

Both crimes are second-degree misdemeanors, punishable by up to 1 to 2 years in prison each.

Hermitage police said Sanders went to a neighboring apartment April 23, 2013, to watch a movie with the victim, the victim’s daughter and the daughter’s boyfriend.

The victim said she took sleep medication and zonked out at about 10:30 p.m., police said. About two hours later, the woman woke up and found Sanders trying to have sex with her, police said.

The woman said her pants had been removed and Sanders’ had dropped his, police said.

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