EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- A 70-year-old man accused of molesting three children was allowed to plead to lesser charges so taxpayers wouldn't have to pay for his high medical costs.

Deputy District Attorney Robert Lane said he agreed to let Albert Golden be put on probation to save the county the expense of providing medical care.

The Register-Guard reports that Golden pleaded guilty last week to two counts each of attempted first-degree sexual abuse and third-degree sexual abuse. Instead of prison time, he was sentenced to three years on probation with special conditions that apply to sex offenders.

The victims' mother opposed the plea deal.

Since he was booked into county jail in January, Golden has fallen multiple times and had to have hip surgery. His hospital and off-site treatment costs have been paid by the county.

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