A Casper man will be spending time behind bars after admitting to having sexual encounters with an underage girl, and he might have a chance to get out early.

Austin Barelle was sentenced to seven-to-10 years in prison, and was given a boot camp recommendation, after he pleaded guilty to two counts of second degree sexual abuse of a minor.

Investigators with the Casper Police Department say in February 2016, a High School supervisor was reviewing the contents of an IPad and observed sexually explicit messages with various men ranging from teenage to adult in years, with Barelle being one of them.

Police later talked to several underaged females who said they had been in a sexual relationship with Barelle, between November 2015 and January 2016.

When detectives contacted Barelle about the accusations, he advised he knew why they were calling, declined to appear for an interview and stated he was going to seek legal counsel.

If Barelle completes boot camp, the court could call him back for a sentence review.

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