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Molester: I'm guilty

KINGMAN - A 56-year-old Kingman man pleaded guilty last week to charges that he molested at least two teens more than a decade ago.

Dwight Allsup is said to have used drugs and alcohol to convince teenage boys to engage in sexual acts with him. He pleaded guilty Friday to reduced charges of molestation of a child and sexual conduct with a minor in exchange for the state dropping almost a dozen other sexual conduct and drug-related charges.

Terms of a plea agreement call for Allsup to be sentenced to 10 years in prison for the molestation charge and lifetime probation for the sexual conduct charge. He will also be forced to register as a sex offender.

Allsup was charged for acts that allegedly occurred with a 14-year-old boy beginning in 1996 and a 17-year-old boy in 1999. Police learned of the molestations last spring after a father of one of the victims, now 27, contacted police. Investigations led to the second victim.

Police said Allsup didn't randomly attack victims, but instead befriended the boys and "groomed" them for the sex acts over a period of time, using alcohol and marijuana as a lure.

Allsup was a suspect in an incident at a local park in December 2007, in which he allegedly approached two brothers, told them he lived at a residence in the desert with a Jacuzzi and offered them marijuana in exchange for sexual acts. Police said there was not enough evidence at the time of the incident to make an arrest.

In court Friday, prosecutors said Allsup admitted to the molestations to police and in jailhouse phone calls. He allegedly asked family members to contact at least two of the victims to see if they would write letters of denial to the court.

Allsup will be formally sentenced June 29.

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