- Associated Press - Thursday, July 16, 2015

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A former Maine man who was charged with sexually assaulting his ex-girlfriend in 2012 and faced time behind bars has accepted a plea deal that will keep him out of prison.

Paul Olsen, of New Hampshire, pleaded no contest Wednesday to a felony domestic assault charge, and other offenses.

A judge sentenced the 34-year-old Olsen, formerly of Eliot, to a two-year deferred disposition that will be dismissed if he stays out of trouble, and 18 months in jail, which he has already served awaiting trial.

York County prosecutors last year withdrew a deal deemed “too lenient” in which Olsen agreed to plead guilty to more serious charges and serve five years in prison.

A judge disqualified them after finding that one of them knowingly received documents that contained the defense’s plans.

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