Former North Port student sentenced for sexual battery of young girl

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NORTH PORT, FL (WWSB) - A man arrested as a high school junior in North Port will be spending the next 15 years behind bars.

The North Port Sun reports 19-year-old Chance Archer has been sentenced to 15 years in prison and 15 years of sex offender probation after pleading nolo contendere in March 2018 to two counts of attempted sexual battery by a person over 18 to a child less than 12 and one count of sexual battery on a victim under 12.

Nolo contendere, a phrase that means no contest, means the defendant accepts the guilty conviction despite not pleading guilty, the paper explained.

Archer was arrested in May 2017 and was originally facing 52 counts of sexual battery on a victim under the age of 12.

Archer, who is 6'6" and weighs 340 pounds, was accused of touching the young girl inappropriately and without her consent dozens of times over the course of two years.

The victim eventually told police about the abuse. A witness told officers that Archer and the victim would "do things" in the woods.

The paper reports Archer's parents, 36-year-old Amanda Archer and 43-year-old Michael Archer, were arrested in May 2017 on a charge of neglecting a child without great bodily harm for not reporting the abuse, despite being aware it was going on.

Amanda was sentenced to six months of "community control" which dictates she cannot leave the house except a half-hour before work and a half-hour after. She was also given 30 days probation after community control, according to the paper, which also reported Michael was sentenced to 30 days in prison and four months of "community control" with 30 days of probation to follow.

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