BROOKSVILLE — A 27-year-old Spring Hill man accused of sexual activity with a girl under the age of 12 has pleaded guilty to four counts of attempted sexual battery, one count of lewd and lascivious molestation, and one count of lewd and lascivious exhibition, according to Assistant State Attorney Erin Daly.
Daniel William Hoover, who was facing the possibility of a mandatory life sentence had he been convicted at trial, reached the plea agreement with the State Attorney's Office. Daly said the agreement spares the child from the trauma of testifying.
"We were 100 percent prepared to take it to trial and get him that mandatory life sentence, but the family was in agreement that they did not want that child to go through that," Daly said.
Originally charged with sexual battery, Hoover was sentenced Thursday to 30 years in prison for the four counts of attempted sexual battery, which are first-degree felonies; a minimum mandatory 25-year sentence for lewd and lascivious molestation; and 15 years on the exhibition charge.
Daly said he will be required to spend more than 25 years in prison. If released, he will be on sex offender probation for the remainder of his life and will be labeled a sexual predator.
Hoover was arrested in December 2013. Authorities said he knew the girl.
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