A former Delaware County bailiff charged with sexual misconduct involving a 15-year-old girl entered a blind plea.

Kip Jerome Shotpouch, 34, of Jay entered a blind plea on Friday, March 2, in Delaware County District Court before Ottawa County Associate Judge Robert E. Reavis to lewd or indecent proposals to a child under 16.

A blind plea has no sentencing agreement with prosecutors; the sentencing is decided by the judge.

Reavis found Shotpouch guilty and set April 26 for sentencing, said Nick Lelecas, Delaware County assistant district attorney.

The charge carries a minimum of three years to a maximum sentence 20 years, according to Lelecas.

Background

In April 2016, the teen's mother showed authorities screen shots of text messages where Shotpouch wanted to pick the victim up from behind the county health clinic and take her to his house for sexual activity, according to an arrest affidavit.

Shotpouch began communicating with the victim through a Facebook Messenger app. There is learned the teen's age and used the app to ask sexual questions and said "I always got beer,” the affidavit states.

After being confronted by the victim's mother regarding the texts, Shotpouch apologized saying he was drunk and the texts would cease, the affidavit states.

Shotpouch resigned from his position as bailiff for Delaware County District Judge Robert Haney and Special Judge Alicia Littlefield in May 2016.