Probation granted in child sexual battery

An Augusta man accused of fondling a 6-year-old girl pleaded guilty Wednesday to sexual battery.

Jason Steinmeyer, 35, pleaded guilty in Richmond County Superior Court to two counts of the crime. Judge J. Wade Padgett accepted the plea negotiation of five years on probation, with the first 12 months under house arrest with electronic monitoring.

Padgett also sentenced Steinmeyer under the First Offender Act, which means if Steinmeyer successfully completes his sentence no conviction will be on his record and he will no longer have to register as a sex offender. If he is unsuccessful, Steinmeyer can be re-sentenced to as much as 10 years in prison.