Alan Bartl, 46, entered an Alford plea to two counts of rape Wednesday in Sandusky County Common Pleas Court. In an Alford plea, a defendant admits no guilt but pleads to avoid conviction on more serious charges.
Bartl originally was charged with 16 counts of rape involving a Bellevue-area girl. The charges he was convicted of involve sexual contact with the girl in 2000, when she was 13. He faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison on each of the counts.