Probation in statutory sexual seduction |

Probation in statutory sexual seduction

Staff Reports

An 18-year-old Gardnerville man who admitted having sex with a 14-year-old girl was sentenced Monday to one year in Douglas County Jail, suspended, and placed on three years probation.

District Judge Michael Gibbons told Michael Cox he must register as a sex offender.

He pleaded guilty to statutory sexual seduction, a misdemeanor.

Cox has to stay away from schools, movie theaters or any business that caters to children. He is also forbidden to possess sexually explicit material.

“You can’t afford to be involved in anything like this again,” Gibbons said.

The victim and her family attended the sentencing but had no comment. Cox also had nothing to say.

After a psycho-sexual evalutation, Cox was not deemed to be at high risk to reoffend.

“You’re not a sexual predator,” Gibbons said.

Cox was forbidden to have any contact with the victim or her family. Cox said he thought the girl was 16, and claimed the sex was consensual.