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Starr Valley man pleads guilty to sex charge

Defense attorney Sherburne Macfarlan, left, talks to District Judge Al Kacin as the defendant, Javier Santiago, listens Monday in the Elko County Courthouse.

ELKO – A Starr Valley man found guilty of statutory sexual seduction was sentenced in Tuesday in Elko District Court.

Javier Santiago, 23, was given a suspended sentence of six years maximum in prison, placed on probation for five years, and ordered to serve 270 days in jail with credit for 22 days served by District Judge Al Kacin.

Santiago was further ordered to register as a sex offender, have no contact with the victim, or have contact or communication with a person less than 18 years of age in a secluded environment unless an adult who has never been convicted of a sexual offense is present and permission has been obtained by his parole officer, and not possess any electronic device capable of accessing the internet or access the internet through any such device unless it is approved by his parole officer.

Santiago pleaded guilty in December to the lesser charge of statutory sexual seduction, a category B felony, in a plea deal which dropped charges of lewdness with a child under the age of 16 and sexual assault on a child under the age of 16, according to Free Press files.

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The incident reportedly occurred in 2015 and Santiago was arrested Oct. 14. Police reports stated he was dating the victim at the time.

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