Christopher Yonally

A man accused of sexually abusing two girls was given probation this week, and will have to register as a sex offender.

Christopher Yonally was charged in 2014 for numerous assaults against two girls starting when the girls were as young as 10.

On Monday, Yonally, 32, who had been facing 11 felony charges, entered an Alford Plea in Taney County court Monday and was given a suspended imposition of sentence by Associate Circuit Judge Eric Eighmy, as well as five years of supervised probation.

Yonally had originally been scheduled to have a bench trial on that day.

The Alford plea means that Yonally is not specifically admitting guilt, but acknowledges the state has enough evidence to convict him. A suspended imposition of sentence means that as long as Yonally successfully completes his probation, the charges will no longer be a public record.

Yonally pleaded to only three of the 11 charges: one count each of first-degree child molestation, and two counts of sexual misconduct. The other charges were dismissed.

Taney County Prosecutor Jeff Merrell said in an email on Tuesday that Yonally “must comply with all sex offender registration laws.”

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