A Greenfield man was sentenced to three and a half years in prison recently after pleading guilty to unlawful sexual conduct with a minor.

Bradley Badgley, 43, of Greenfield was indicted on the third-degree felony charge in December 2020. It was alleged that during an approximate one-month span in 2020, Badgley “engaged in sexual conduct” with a teenage victim.

Badgley pleaded guilty to the offense Jan. 7, 2021. During a sentencing hearing Feb. 3, Highland County Prosecutor Anneka Collins pointed out the “pretty huge gap in age” between Badgley and the victim and recommended a 42-month sentence.

Coss also noted the age difference, as well as the fact that “drugs and alcohol” were reportedly involved during the incident.

“Obviously, you have had a drug problem and continue to have a drug problem, but I do not equate having a drug problem with committing sex offenses against children,” Coss told Badgley. “That’s a completely different issue.”

Coss sentenced Badgley to 42 months in prison, with jail time credit of 92 days, and ordered him to pay court costs. Badgley will be classified as a Tier II sex offender, according to Coss, and will be under post-release control for five years upon the completion of his prison sentence.

As also pointed out by Collins, Coss noted that Badgley was previously sentenced to three years of community control Nov. 4, 2020 on a fifth-degree felony charge of aggravated possession of methamphetamine. His sentencing occurred prior to the indictment in the unlawful sexual conduct case. The judge said that Badgley’s community control supervision would be tolled and ordered him to report to the Highland County Probation Department upon his release from prison.