Gardnerville man admits lewdness charge
A 29-year-old Gardnerville man faces at least eight years in Nevada State Prison after he admitted Tuesday that he inappropriately touched a 6-year-old girl.
In an agreement with the district attorney’s office, Victor Mora Jr. pleaded guilty to attempted lewdness with a child under 14.
He admitted touching the victim while he was staying at her home on Dec. 23. He was identified as a family friend who had been offered a place to stay.
The little girl reported the incident to her grandmother a few days later. The woman informed her daughter who contacted authorities.
Mora was arrested in Carson City on Jan. 4 after his picture appeared on Web sites and television stations around Northern Nevada.
He was taken into custody at the Carson City Inn. He appeared shaken and was crying in court Tuesday, prompting District Judge Dave Gamble to ask if he was able to understand the proceedings, and whether he was under the influence of any controlled substances.
Mora said he understood what was going on, but was in distress “over the whole situation.”
The guilty plea carries a joint recommendation for 8-20 years in Nevada State Prison, the maximum penalty for the offense.
Mora’s lawyer, Derrick Lopez, said his client agreed to the sentence to avoid prosecution under a more serious charge which carried a penalty of up to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 10 years.
Mora will be under lifetime supervision and must register as a sex offender. The plea agreement contains nine pages of regulations ranging from where Mora can live, his Internet access, and what kind of jobs he can hold once he’s out of prison. Gamble set sentencing for April 10. Mora is in Douglas County Jail on $50,000 bail.
Mora’s prior contacts with the sheriff’s office include allegations of domestic battery, theft and being an intoxicated pedestrian.