Man sentenced after 15-year-old pregnant |

Man sentenced after 15-year-old pregnant

by Aurora Sain

After getting an underage girl pregnant, one man will spend the rest of his life as a registered sex offender.

Cody Baker, 23, pleaded guilty to a gross misdemeanor charge of statutory sexual seduction after his relationship with a 15-year-old ended up in her getting pregnant.

The offense happened in 2015, and the girl has since given birth to their child, but a no-contact order was also placed into effect on Monday.

In the police report, the girl said that it was consensual, and Baker was 22 at the time, but since the age of consent is 16 in Nevada it doesn’t matter.

“I feel really bad and I didn’t mean for any of this to happen,” said Baker.

He could have been facing up to a year in jail, but that sentence was suspended and he was placed on probation not to exceed three years.

He was also ordered into the drug court program to deal with his alcohol problem.

“Give me a chance to show I’m not a bad person,” said Baker.

He has credit for 86 days time served.

■ A man whose alleged co-defendant admitted to drug and theft charges last week is denying cupability in the case.

Joseph Donald Hoover, 31, was in court on Monday after a warrant was issued for his arrest last week.

He pleaded not guilty to three different charges including trafficking in a controlled substance, principle to grand larceny and possession of a controlled substance.

Hoover, along with Ralph Robert Ruiz, 30, were allegedly caught leaving Walmart with a television and a home theatre system.

When police pulled over the car that Hoover was driving they found 1.2 grams of methamphetamine and 7.8 grams of heroin.

Ruiz pleaded guilty to grand larceny and no contest to conspiracy to violate the uniform controlled substances act.

A trial was set for a later date, and Hoover had his bail reinstated.

■ Rodney Thomas James, 48, was sentenced on Monday for a felony third DUI.

While awaiting sentencing for his third DUI in Douglas County he was arrested for another DUI in Mineral County.

In his original plea deal he was eligible for DUI diversion, but since he committed another crime the state withdrew from the agreement.

“He’s asking to have a chance at treatment and diversion,” said his attorney Derrick Lopez.

James said that he knows what it takes to be sober and was hoping to enter a long-term treatment program.

“I’m looking forward to the future,” said James.

When he was arrested, he was speeding and failing to maintain his lane prompting deputies to pull him over.

“Your honor he presents a danger to the community,” said Deputy District Attorney Rick Casper.

He was ordered to pay more than $2,000 in fees and fines and sentenced to 12-36 months in prison.

“The court does not doubt that you are a good person with good intentions,” said Gregory.

He has two previous convictions from 2014 and 2015.

He has credit for 78 days time served.