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Offender to plead guilty in violation

Staff Reports

A 47-year-old Reno man, accused of violating terms of his lifetime supervision as a sex offender, is to enter a plea Jan. 28 in District Court.

Frank Gerald Pepper waived his preliminary hearing Wednesday in East Fork Justice court.

He is charged with violation of lifetime supervision by a sex offender, a felony.

If he pleads guilty, the state has agreed to recommend 24-60 months in prison, but both sides are free to argue at sentencing.

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.

During a recent probation check, an officer found cell phones hidden under a couch in Pepper’s Reno home.

Phone records indicate he allegedly had contact with underage females.

Pepper is accused of possession of a device capable of accessing the Internet, accessing the Internet or having interaction with underage females, a felony.

Douglas officials said he may be under investigation at the federal level.