COLUMBUS — A district court judge heeded the joint call from the prosecution and defense Friday to sentence a 20-year-old Columbus man to probation for attempted first-degree sexual assault.

Platte County District Court Judge Robert Steinke said the joint recommendation by counsel and Andrew McCarter’s “youthful age” were prime factors in sentencing the defendant to 30 months of probation.

“Remember what you told me earlier,” said Steinke, referring to McCarter’s statement before sentencing. "You’re ready to make some changes in your life.”

McCarter pleaded no contest to the reduced sex assault charge in August after reaching a plea agreement with the county attorney’s office.

During Friday’s hearing, defense counsel Mark Sipple told the judge pretrial depositions of the victim’s report of an assault at a family related event in Kansas revealed discrepancies in her allegations.

Sipple said the accuser’s statement about incident gave her story “virtually no credibility."

Court documents describe a Columbus Police investigation that got underway last fall when the then-18-year-old city woman reported being assaulted multiple times by McCarter, against whom she had been granted a protection order.

McCarter's accuser later described the alleged Kansas assault and other incidents in which she said the defendant forcibly assaulted her in Columbus, court documents state.

She reported receiving text messages from McCarter in which he confessed to the sexual assaults, according to the police report.

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