A Newport man pleaded guilty Monday in Washington County Common Pleas Court to having sex with a 15-year-old girl, resulting in her pregnancy.
Shane A. Dye, 25, of 70 Wilson St., was one of two men indicted in November for having sex with the same girl in the summer of 2011.
The other-25-year-old Devin. R. Binegar, of 49 Waugh St., Newport- was a substitute teacher and volunteer boys basketball coach at Frontier High School when the allegations came to light in April.
Binegar has been removed from the substitute teacher list and will not be allowed to volunteer at the school until the case has been resolved, said Frontier Local Superintendent Bruce Kidder.
The victim became pregnant in the fall of 2011, said Washington County Assistant Prosecutor Kevin Rings.
"At first there was a real question as to who was the actual father," he said.
DNA evidence later confirmed Dye was the father of the girl's baby, he said.
The girl's resulting pregnancy had no effect on the charges levied against Dye.
"Having a baby makes it easier to prove. He can't say 'I never touched the girl.' But it doesn't change the severity of the charge," said Rings.
Binegar was also indicted on the same fourth-degree felony charge of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor but has not pleaded guilty to the charge, said Rings.
In exchange for Dye's guilty plea, Rings said the state would not file further charges in relation to Dye's conduct with the girl. In addition, they would not oppose a local jail sentence, said Rings.
"I think during our talks about this, the court was considering a community control sanction and the state does not oppose that," he said.
Dye could face up to 18 months in prison on the charge, said Washington County Common Pleas Court Judge Ed Lane. If given a community control sanction, it could include a stay at SEPTA Correctional Facility and mandatory counseling, he added.
"Do we need to do an L&P evaluation as well?" asked Lane, questioning whether Dye had a drug or alcohol addiction.
"I don't think that's necessary," responded Dye's attorney, Dennis Sipe.
Both men reportedly met the girl while attending area parties, said Rings. No other victims have been uncovered, he added.
Dye is scheduled to be sentenced at 8 a.m. Feb. 6.