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A 20-year-old Fort Wayne man was given probation and a suspended prison sentence after he admitted to having sexual contact with a teenager.

Rodney Swain was charged in November with two counts of child molesting and two counts of sexual misconduct with a minor.

According to court documents, a teenage girl told police she had a sexual relationship with Swain starting in 2011, when she was younger than 14. The two continued to have a sexual relationship until she was 15 and Swain was 19. Swain told investigators he never really knew how old she was and just assumed she was 16, court documents said.

In early March, Swain pleaded guilty to a Class C felony charge of sexual misconduct with a minor.

In exchange for his guilty plea, the additional charges were dismissed, and he was sentenced Monday by Allen Superior Court Judge John Surbeck to an eight-year suspended prison sentence.