BENTONVILLE -- Joshua Mehn, 34, was sentenced to eight years in prison after pleading guilty Monday to sexually assaulting a 4-year-old girl.
Mehn, of Bentonville, was originally charged with rape, but agreed to plead guilty to the lesser charge.
He was arrested May 16, 2019.
Bentonville police began investigating after the girl told her mother Mehn had touched her inappropriately, according to a probable cause affidavit. The girl was interviewed at the Children's Advocacy Center in Harrison and provided details of the abuse, according to the affidavit.
Sarah Rinehart, deputy prosecutor, said avoiding the girl having to testify was a factor in the plea agreement. Rinehart said the girl's family and police are in favor of the agreement.
Benton County Circuit Judge Robin Green sentenced Mehn to eight years in the Arkansas Department of Correction. Mehn will have to abide by a suspended sentence agreement for 12 years after his release from prison.
Mehn will be required to register as a sex offender. He must also complete a sex offender program.