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Barring any violation of his probation, a Flasher farmer will serve no prison time for charges of sexually assaulting two teenagers for years.

As part of a plea deal, James Hopfauf, 50, pleaded guilty to two counts for felony sexual assault.

South Central District Judge David Reich accepted attorneys’ recommendations of a suspended prison sentence, three years of supervised probation, $525 in fees, registration as a sex offender and counseling on “healthy sexual boundaries.” Should Hopfauf violate his probation, he could be sent to prison for a year.

The teen victims, who were 18 and 19 at the time charges were filed, told police the sexual contact allegedly started with back rubs and led to inappropriate touching. Both victims said they were about 15 when Hopfauf allegedly began assaulting them.

Hopfauf denied any sexual contact with the teens, telling police he had a bad back and had asked them to help him crack it.

A third victim alleging abuse that took place in the ‘90s would later step forward as well but charges related to that incident were dismissed in March.

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