ELKO – A Spring Creek man has been sentenced to 20 years to life in prison for sexually assaulting a girl under 14 years old.
Micheal R. Rains, 39, was sentenced to the maximum penalty of life in prison with the possibility of parole after 10 years on each count of sexual assault and lewdness with a child, both category “A” felonies, on Jan. 8 by Elko District Judge Mason Simons.
Both sentences are to be served consecutively with credit for 161 days served in jail. He was represented by the Elko County Public Defender’s office.
Rains was arrested on July 31 by Elko County Sheriff’s deputies.
According to the detective’s report, the girl’s mother received an email from Rains in early 2020 informing her about the incidents, which occurred for several months three years earlier.
Two weeks after his arrest, Rains was bound over to district court by Justice of the Peace Elias Goicoechea. He pleaded guilty to the charges before Judge Al Kacin on Oct. 5
Simons, who was sworn in on Jan.4 to preside over Department 3, filled in for Kacin during his first week on the bench.