FARMINGTON — A Franklin County justice sentenced a Chesterville man Tuesday to serve 90 days of a one-year prison sentence and two years of probation for selling oxycodone pills.

Arthur L. Oliver, 54, pleaded guilty to a felony charge of unlawful trafficking in scheduled drugs and to a misdemeanor charge of unlawful sexual touching.

Under the plea agreement, the state dismissed an unlawful sexual contact charge. Justice Michaela Murphy sentenced Oliver to serve 60 days for the unlawful sexual touching charge, which will run concurrent to the trafficking charge.

Assistant District Attorney Andrew Robinson said if the case went to trial, a woman would have testified that she was suffering from a prescription drug addiction and buying oxycodone from Oliver.

The woman would also have testified that she owed him money for drugs and when she asked for more oxycodone, Oliver told her he would exchange the drug debt for sexual favors, he said.

There would also be testimony that Oliver admitted to selling the woman 30-milligram oxycodone pills that were prescribed to him, Robinson said.

The woman also would have testified that Oliver offered to clear her $250 debt if she had sex with him, Robinson said.

He told the court that Oliver had a prior gross sexual misconduct conviction.

Justice Murphy asked whether the victim was contacted about the plea agreement. Robinson said his office tried to contact the woman numerous times, but she did not reply.

Oliver will begin his sentence March 1. He was put on probation Tuesday.

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