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A 19-year-old man admitted Tuesday to a felony charge for spanking his girlfriend's 5-year-old son so hard it left a bruise.

Wesley Donald Bartz III appeared before District Judge Russell Fagg and pleaded guilty to felony assault on a minor. A second felony charge involving another child will be dismissed as part of a plea agreement.

Bartz admitted that he spanked the child between Feb. 28 and March 9 of last year, causing a bruise on the child's buttocks.

Prosecutors said in court records that Bartz was caring for his girlfriend's children, a 3-year-old girl and a 5-year-old boy, when the abuse happened.

The plea agreement calls for prosecutors to recommend Bartz receive a three-year suspended sentence. Bartz is free to request a deferred sentence, the agreement states.

A sentencing hearing was set for June 28. Bartz remains free on a posted $25,000 bond.

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