A Centerville sexual offender made sufficient progress during a 90-day evaluation period in the state prison that a 2nd District judge this week agreed to place him in a corrections center for sexual abusers.

Val E. Taylor, 52, pleaded guilty in August to attempted aggravated sexual abuse of a child, a first-degree felony, in a plea negotiation with the Davis County attorney's office.Taylor admitted he repeatedly fondled a 13-year-old girl in 1985-86. He was originally charged with aggravated sexual abuse of a child, a first-degree felony that carries a prison term of five years to life and a minimum mandatory term of three, six or nine years.

Judge Douglas L Cornaby in August ordered Taylor to undergo the 90-day evaluation and return for sentencing this week.

The judge sentenced him to five years to life in prison, fining Taylor $2,500 and ordering him to pay any counseling costs of his victim. The judge stayed the prison term, putting Taylor on probation for at least three years and ordering him held in the county jail until space in the sexual offenders treatment center becomes available.