MOUTNAIN HOME — A Baxter County judge has sentenced a Cotter man to 20 years in prison for sexually assaulting a young girl.
The Baxter Bulletin reported that 63-year-old William Bardin was sentenced Thursday. Bardin pleaded guilty in June to repeatedly raping a girl under the age of 14 over several years.
He was recorded admitting that he assaulted the girl in his home and in an ice cream truck he drove.
Bardin started assaulting the girl when she was about 5 or 6 years old. She is now a teenager.
He must complete 14 years of the sentence before being eligible for parole.