Nicholasville man facing sexual charges pleads guilty to criminal abuse

NICHOLASVILLE — A man charged in the sexual abuse of a 12-year-old girl pleaded guilty Monday to a lesser charge.

Bill A. Fannin, 56, of Nicholasville entered an Alford plea to second-degree criminal abuse. He faces a recommended sentence of a year in prison, according to a plea agreement.

In an Alford plea, a defendant does not admit guilt but agrees that there is enough evidence to be found guilty.

Fannin was indicted in January 2010 on three counts of first-degree sexual abuse, first-degree rape and first-degree sodomy. The indictment alleged that the crimes happened from Dec. 1, 2008 to June 2009.

The rape charge was dismissed because the victim later denied it happened, said Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Andy Sims. The sodomy count was dismissed because the victim recanted her earlier statement. The plea agreement says the remaining counts "are being resolved to the wishes of the victim."

The plea agreement says that Fannin, as a "caregiver" of the 12-year-old girl, "wantonly abused her and thereby subjected her to torture or cruel punishment." Fannin lived with the girl's mother, Sims said.

Jessamine Circuit Judge Hunter Daugherty scheduled final sentencing for July 29.