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18-year-old charged for sleeping with 14-year-old

Bigelow

An 18-year-old Austin man is facing charges for allegedly sleeping with a 14-year-old this spring.

James Eric Bigelow, 18, of Austin pleaded not guilty Thursday in Mower County District Court to one count of felony third-degree criminal sexual conduct.

According to court records, someone spotted text messages between Bigelow and the victim indicating they’d had sex.

When interviewed by police, the girl told police she and Bigelow had sex twice.

Bigelow initially denied the allegations, but then admitted they had sex twice, adding he thought she was 15.