PRESTON, Minn. (AP) _ An Amish man who pleaded guilty to a sex charge voluntarily entered the county jail without being sentenced to have a better chance at being free for the spring planting, a public defender said.

Andy A. Slabaugh, 50, of Canton, chose to go to jail Wednesday after pleading guilty to fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct, rather than wait until after a Feb. 6 sentencing, said the public defender, Thomas Manion.

Slabaugh was accused of fondling a woman in his buggy and threatening to kill her if she told anyone.

Manion said Slabaugh probably will remain in jail until he is sentenced by District Court Judge Clement H. Snyder.

While state sentencing guidelines allow for wide discretion in sentencing for fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct, Manion said it is likely Slabaugh will face some jail time because he has been convicted of another felony.

Last year, Slabaugh pleaded guilty to bribing a public official in a tax incident. Later, citing Amish religious opposition to being photographed, he refused to let jailers take his picture for booking. The case is under appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.