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6-year sentence in sexual abuse case

A Bluffton man was sentenced to six years in prison and four years on probation for sexually abusing a young boy who lived in the home where the man resided.

Trey A. Mettler, 20, admitted in May to one charge of molesting and one charge of sexual misconduct with a minor. Allen County prosecutors originally filed 10 charges against him – five counts of child molesting and five counts of sexual misconduct with a minor.

Under the terms of a plea agreement, Mettler was sentenced to 10 years in prison, but four years of the sentence were suspended.

His victim was 13 when the molesting began, court documents said.

In an interview with police, Mettler admitted molesting the boy because “he was an easy and willing victim.”