17-year-old takes plea bargain in sex case

Teen required to register as sex offender

A 17-year-old boy faces up to a year in jail for engaging in sexual conduct with a 14-year-old girl at a motel party earlier this year.

Police were contacted by the girl's parents the day after the party, which took place at a local motel on a weekday in February and included a number of juveniles who were drinking. According to court documents, the male teen and the girl engaged in conduct leading up to, but not including, sexual intercourse at the party.

The suspect was originally charged with sexual conduct with a minor but pleaded guilty earlier this month to a charge of child abuse with sexual intent as part of a plea deal with prosecutors.

The plea deal stipulates that the suspect be sentenced to probation for 10 years. Mohave Superior Court Judge Steven Conn can impose up to a year in the Mohave County Jail as a term of the probation when he is sentenced Jan. 27.

He will be required to register as a sex offender during the 10 years he is on probation.