A 42-year old Aberdeen man facing 23 felony sex crime charges pleaded guilty to only one of those charges in a plea deal on Monday. Beadle County States Attorney Mike Moore says Richard Mette was indicted in Brown County on a number of charges…[audio:http://prprt.itmwpb.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/688/2012/03/mette1.mp3|titles=mette1]
Moore says Mette and his wife had adopted the victim back in 2000..[audio:http://prprt.itmwpb.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/688/2012/03/mette2.mp3|titles=mette2]
Moore was called in because of conflicts with the Brown County States Attorney’s office…[audio:http://prprt.itmwpb.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/688/2012/03/mette3.mp3|titles=mette3]
The tainted evidence forced Moore to only pursue six of the 23 crimes charged and was a deciding factor in the plea that was reached…[audio:http://prprt.itmwpb.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/688/2012/03/mette4.mp3|titles=mette4]
A judge must agree to the plea deal. Mette could be sentenced to life in prison.