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Jun 27, 2013 6:54 PM by Caroline Lowe, KSBY News

Shane Villalpando taken into custody, pleads guilty to new felony charge

A former St. Joseph High School student convicted two weeks ago of three felony counts of unlawful sex with a minor is behind bars.

Shane Villalpando also entered a guilty plea to a fourth count of unlawful sex with a minor, involving a different victim,during a court appearance Thursday afternoon in Santa Maria.

The 19-year-old Villalpando was taken into custody after the hearing before Santa Barbara Superior Court Judge Rick Brown.

Earlier this month, a jury found Villalpando guilty of the three felonies involving a former 14-year-old classmate. Villapando was eighteen at the time.

The jury could not agree on a fourth count of raping an intoxicated person.

After consulting with the victims and their families, prosecutor Jennifer Karapetian said the Santa Barbara County District Attorney's Office decided not to retry Villalpando on the fourth count of raping an intoxicated person, after Villalpando agreed to several terms and conditions.

As part of his plea on the new count on Thursday, Villalpando agreed to serve one year in jail, along with five years of formal probation,according to Karapetian.

He also agreed to register as a sex offender for five years as a term and condition of his probation and receive sex offender treatment.

The maximum sentence he faces for all four felony ecounts is five years in prison.

Villalpando He is scheduled to be sentenced July 18.

Watch KSBY News live at 5 and 6 for more on this developing story.

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