Austin Man Avoids Prison for Child Sex Abuse

Posted at: 01/30/2014 8:56 PM
Updated at: 01/30/2014 9:01 PM

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- An Austin man investigators say made a little girl wear costumes and perform sex acts won't go to prison.

As part of a plea deal, 45-year-old Gary Hegna can avoid a 15 year prison term.

Under the conditions of his release, he can't have any contact with a minor and must register as a predatory offender.

If he breaks those terms, he'll likely serve 10 years before a chance at release.

Court documents show the abuse started when the girl was seven years old. It lasted for five years.