A 60-year-old man accused of sexually molesting a young girl known to him pleaded no contest to the sexual assault charges filed against him.

Teddy Duenas pleaded no contest to second-degree criminal sexual conduct before Superior Court of Guam Judge Maria Cenzon on Tuesday.

While technically not an admission of guilt for commission of the crime, a plea of "no contest" will be treated for sentencing purposes by a judge as an admission of responsibility, according to Cornell Law School's Legal Information Institute.

The victim, 13, reported the allegations to her school. She said Duenas had inappropriately touched her when she was in the second grade, court documents state.

Duenas was sentenced to five years in prison with credit for time served.

Duenas, who will also serve three years' parole, was ordered to register as a level one sex offender.

The court ordered that he stay away from the victim and all school grounds and cannot work around children once he is released from prison.

As part of the plea agreement, Cenzon dismissed the remaining charges against Duenas of second-degree criminal sexual conduct and a special allegation of committing a crime against a vulnerable victim.

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