In Raleigh County, a man accused of sex crimes appears in court.

Douglas Palmer pleaded guilty to one count of third degree sexual assault. 

Monday, four other counts against him were dropped.       

Palmer could spend up to five years in prison.

He’ll be sentenced in May.

He was taken back to the Southern Regional Jail.

Beckley Police say Palmer confessed to having sex with a 15-year-old girl on a bike path in Beckley last year.