Sex offender returned to prison |

Sex offender returned to prison

Staff Reports

A sex offender was sentenced Monday to five years in Nevada state prison after he admitted violating terms of his court-ordered lifetime supervision.

District Judge Michael Gibbons sentenced Frank Pepper, 47, to a minimum of two years before he is eligible for parole. He gave Pepper credit for 76 days in custody.

Pepper, 47, who lived 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 probation check at Pepper’s residence, an officer found cell phones hidden under a couch.

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.

“People tried to work with you,” Gibbons said. “You know what you need to do. Get any help you can get and stay away from any contact with children. You absolutely have to.”

■ Probation was revoked Monday for a 50-year-old woman who failed multiple attempts at probation on a conviction for obtaining prescription drugs by fraud.

District Judge Michael Gibbons ordered Roxanne Mason to serve 32 months in Nevada state prison.

She must serve a minimum of 12 months, and Gibbons gave her credit for 243 days in custody.

“Take advantage of what time you do have in there of whatever programs are available,” Gibbons said.

Mason was sentenced in June 2010 for the offense.

She was terminated from Western Nevada Regional Drug Court in October 2012 for noncompliance.

For her most recent violation, she admitted using heroin. She recently requested a mental health evaluation, and said she could afford to pay for an inpatient treatment program.

Prosecutor Laurie Trotter said Mason had squandered multiple efforts at treatment.

“The state has provided every single possible tool,” Trotter said. “There was no indication of mental health issues.”

Mason said she wasn’t the same person of four years ago.

“I’ve learned a lot after almost 40 years of alcohol use. I am asking for just a little bit more help,” Mason said.

She admitted the allegations in a Feb. 26 probation violation report including use of heroin, failure to report change of address, failure to keep up with fees and other violations.