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No jail for Kingman man who asked teens for sex

Paul Anderson

Paul Anderson

KINGMAN - A Kingman man could have faced several years in prison when sentenced next month for several offenses involving young girls.

Instead, 42-year-old Paul Anderson is expected to receive five years probation under terms of a plea agreement reached with the prosecutor's office.

The plea agreement still needs to be approved by Judge Steven Conn at the sentencing hearing, which is set for Sept. 19.

Anderson pleaded guilty Thursday to attempted child prostitution. He also pleaded guilty pursuant to Alford to one count of public sexual indecency with a minor, which is similar to a no-contest plea. The normal range of sentencing for such offenses without a plea agreement in place is up to 15 years in prison.

Anderson was first arrested by police Feb. 5 after three girls, ages 12, 12 and 5, used a cell phone to call police and complain that a man was following them through the aisles of a local pet store. The girls said the man stared at them for around 10 minutes while rubbing himself in a sexual manner over his clothes.

Anderson is also charged with an incident where he reportedly pulled his car over while driving down Stockton Hill Road and offered a 13-year-old girl holding a sandwich shop sign $500 for oral sex. When she said no, Anderson allegedly made the same offer to a 20-year-old woman crossing the parking lot.

Court records indicate that incident occurred 12 days after the one at the pet shop, although in court Thursday, Anderson's attorney Lee Novak said it was later that same day.

None of the girls reported being touched.

Anderson reportedly suffers from a diminished mental capacity and has lived with a relative for the majority of his life since he is unable to take care of himself. A mental examination by an independent psychiatrist found Anderson competent to stand trial.

Prosecutors say Anderson has been arrested numerous times, including an incident in California in June 2010 where he was charged with "annoying or molesting a child under 18."

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