A Phillips man who fled to Pennsylvania was sentenced Thursday to serve at least 146 days of a five-year sentence with three years’ probation on a charge of unlawful sexual contact with a child.

William Sylvester, 40, pleaded no contest to the class C charge of unlawful sexual touching Thursday in Franklin County Superior Court as part of a plea deal accepted by Judge Susan Oram. In a no contest plea, the defendant does not admit guilt but accepts the court’s sentence.

He was sentenced to 146 days, which he already served, with the rest of his five-year sentence suspended, provided he abides by the conditions of the court.

Sylvester was arrested in December by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office for offenses against the victim in December 2013. During an investigation into the crime, Sylvester fled to Pennsylvania, and a warrant was issued for his arrest, prosecutors said. He was arrested in October after he turned himself in to the sheriff’s office.


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