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March 26, 2013
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Gardnerville man admits sex with 15-year-old

A 34-year-old Minden man pleaded guilty Tuesday to statutory sexual seduction, admitting he had sex last May with a 15-year-old girl.

Shaun Leroy Brown faces up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine at his sentencing June 25.

He is eligible for probation if a court-ordered psycho-sexual evaluation certifies that Brown is not a high risk to reoffend.

He is out on $20,000 bail.

The criminal complaint is a “C” felony because the victim was younger than 16, and Brown was older than 21.

In exchange for Brown’s guilty plea, the state won’t file additional charges.

As a result of his plea, Brown must register as a sex offender.

While out on bail, Brown is forbidden to contact the victim, and is under the supervision of the Department of Alternative Sentencing.

He told District Judge Tod Young he was attending Truckee Meadows Community College to earn a degree in welding.

Brown was arrested on March 1 as a result of a warrant requested by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office after an investigation.

He waived his preliminary hearing on March 13.

■ A 25-year-old Gardnerville man, who tried to use a relative’s identity when he was arrested at a traffic stop, was reinstated on probation, but ordered to serve 90 days in Douglas County Jail for a probation violation.

According to reports, Jordan Keeney violated probation just days after he was sentenced in February by using methamphetamine, failing to report, or to participate in Western Regional Drug Court.

He had been given a suspended sentence for a gross misdemeanor drug charge, following his arrest Jan. 13.

He was stopped because his license plate light was out.

According to reports, Keeney gave a relative’s name, but deputies recognized him by his tattoos, and prior contacts. In searching his vehicle, they found a pipe, scale and pills.

Keeney’s lawyer, Jamie Henry, said her client was asking for another chance. He said he turned himself in a week after he used methamphetamine.

“I saw the road I was going down,” Keeney said.

Probation officer Tami Matus asked that Keeney’s probation be revoked.

“He failed to report, he had his attorney call on his behalf so he would not be arrested. He certainly has not made any forward steps on his part to complete probation.” Matus said.

Prosecutor Erik Levin agreed.

“When you have somebody who hasn’t done anything, and this offense was committed while he was on probation from New Mexico,” Levin said. “There is no indication he is going to do anything you asked him to do.”

Keeney was incarcerated in New Mexico two different times for drug offenses.

Keeney said he wanted to enter drug court “to do something successful with my life.”

By turning himself in, District Judge Michael Gibbons said Keeney offered “some glimmer of hope.”

But, Gibbons said, there had to be a consequence.

He reinstated Keeney’s probation, and ordered him to serve 90 days in jail with credit for 12 days in custody.

Keeney must complete drug court and pay supervision fees.

“I’m not expecting a lot,” Gibbons said. “I hope you can fool us all, and say, ‘I’ve seen the light,’ and turn your life around. If not, you’ll probably serve the rest of the six months in jail.”

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