LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - A Lexington man pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct stemming from a situation where a woman who he met through the online dating website Match.com.
James Bales, Jr. was originally charged with sexual misconduct, but it was pleaded down to the misdemeanor crime.
Bales received a 12-month sentence, but it was probated for two years.
The victim said she agreed to go on a date with the suspect on a Sunday in June. They went for a hike and then to dinner at a local restaurant.
The victim said Bales had at least four beers and several shots of liquor. She agreed to follow him home.
Bales was showing the victim around his home when she says he pushed her onto the bed and held her down. According to Bales' arrest citation, at one point the victim said Bales pulled her pants and underwear down and sexually abused her.
She managed to escape and ran into a bathroom and locked the door.
After composing herself, the victim told police she grabbed her keys and tried to leave. But she said Bales grabbed her. Afraid of what might happen next, the victim said she sat with Bales and let him touch her more.
The victim said she was eventually able to convince Bales to let her go. She went to her father's house and then to the emergency room.
As the investigation unfolded, police said the victim agreed to conduct a "phone sting" and call Bales. According to his arrest citation, when Bales was asked about why he thought it was okay to sexually abuse the victim he said, "I'm sorry, I didn't mean for that to happen, things just got so heated, so quick."