A Woodstock man was sentenced to serve 21 days in jail after pleading guilty to a lesser charge for a 2007 sexual assault.

Stephen Bowers, 52, of Woodstock, pleaded guilty last week in Shenandoah County Circuit Court to two misdemeanor counts of aggravated sexual battery.

One count was reduced from felony aggravated sexual battery of a victim less than 13 years old and the other was reduced from indecent liberties with a child under 15 years of age.

In exchange for the pleas, Bowers was sentenced to 12 months in jail with all but 21 days to be served on one of the charges. He was also sentenced to one year of unsupervised probation and was ordered to have no contact with the victim during the probation period.

For the other charge, he was sentenced to 12 months in jail, all suspended, with one year of unsupervised probation and to have no contact with the victim during that time. Bowers will be on a total of two years of unsupervised probation.

Bowers was expected to report to Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail on Friday for his sentence. He has been free on $10,000 bond since Jan. 20, 2019, five days after his arrest.

The initial charges came by way of 2019 direct indictments, which means information on the circumstances of the incident aren't publicly available immediately. The indictments stated the offenses occurred between Jan. 1, 2007, and Jan. 1, 2010, in Shenandoah County.

Bowers was represented by Woodstock-attorney William B. Allen III. The case was prosecuted by Shenandoah County Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Chris Collins.

Contact Charles Paullin at cpaullin@nvdaily.com

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