Sex offender faces prison term
January 29, 2014
A sex offender faces up to six years in prison after he pleaded guilty Tuesday to violating terms of his lifetime supervision.
Frank Pepper, 47, who now lives in Reno, admitted that he had a device capable of accessing the Internet, or that he had interaction with underage females, a felony violation.
During a recent probation check at Pepper's residence, an officer found cell phones hidden under a couch.
"They have the evidence on me," Pepper said Tuesday, explaining why he entered the plea.
The state agreed to recommend 2-5 years. Pepper is free to argue for any sentence.
Young advised him it would be up to the judge to determine the length of the sentence.
Pepper was convicted in Douglas County in 2008 of luring a child under age 16. He admitted trying to arrange a date with a 13-year-old girl by posing as a 17-year-old on the Internet.
Pepper was sentenced to 18-72 months in Nevada state prison and placed on lifetime supervision as a sex offender.
Young represented the defendant in the original case, and said he would transfer the sentencing, set for March 24, to District Judge Michael Gibbons to avoid any appearance of conflict of interest.
Both sides agreed to having Young take Pepper's plea on Tuesday.
Douglas officials have said Pepper may be under investigation at the federal level.
He is in custody in Douglas County Jail on $100,000 bail.