A North Salt Lake man facing five years to life in prison will spend at least six months in jail and then an indeterminate period in a halfway house for sex offenders, a 2nd District judge ordered Tuesday.

Curtis L. Bateman, 33, was sentenced Tuesday by Judge Douglas L. Cornaby on a first-degree felony rape charge, which carries a prison term of five years to life and a fine of up to $10,000.He was originally charged with two first-degree felonies, rape and rape of a child, stemming from incidents in North Salt Lake in 1989 involving two young girls. He pleaded guilty to a single charge of rape.

Cornaby said a pre-sentence investigation of Bateman, who has voluntarily signed up for sexual therapy, shows he is apparently willing to try to change his life and get help for his problem.

The judge sentenced Bateman to five years to life in prison and fined him $5,000, then stayed the prison term, putting him on probation for three years. He ordered Bateman to spend a year in the county jail, with work release, and allowing him to move into a halfway house for sexual offenders after six months.

The judge also suspended all but $1,000 of the fine but ordered Bateman to pay the costs of any counseling required by his victims.