Colorado City man gets probation

KINGMAN - Ezra Scott Jessop, 19, of Colorado City was sentenced to five years of probation after pleading guilty to felony attempted sexual conduct with a minor and a dangerous crimes against children charge.

Jessop was accused of having sexual conduct with a minor under the age of 12 between Dec. 1, 2006, and Jan. 28, 2007.

Jessop's attorney, Elana Sears, asked the court not to sentence her client to time in jail. Spending time in jail would not be helpful to the rehabilitation of her client according to two reports from psychologists, she said.

Judge Robert Moon agreed with Sears.

"I do not feel that incarceration is appropriate," he said. "Jail time could not only be counterproductive but destructive to your client."

He sentenced Jessop to five years of probation with the following conditions: 500 hours of community service with at least 12 hours to be completed each month, register as a sex offender until the end of his probation, get counseling at the request of the probation department, wear a GPS tracking device, pay court fines and get his General Equivalency Degree.

Jessop could face 15 years in prison if he violates his probation.