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Ames goes from Kingman lover's lane to the state pen

Christopher Ames

Christopher Ames

KINGMAN - A night on lover's lane with his 17½-year-old girlfriend is expected to land a 25-year-old man in prison for 10 months and require him to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

Christopher M. Ames was 24 when he and his girlfriend were spotted by a Kingman police officer while their station wagon was parked on a secluded section of White Cliffs Road. The girlfriend, who at the time was five months away from her 18th birthday, said she didn't expect her boyfriend to be put in handcuffs after the officer approached the car and announced himself.

The officer did not see the couple engaged in any specific activity and the girl said that no sex but other conduct took place.

Ames pleaded guilty to one count of sexual conduct with a minor in Judge Derek Carlisle's court Thursday. Under terms of a plea agreement with prosecutors, he is expected to receive 10 months in prison when formally sentenced Aug. 8.

The girlfriend, now 19, said she met Ames two months before the arrest. She visits him every day in jail and said she will wait for him as he serves out his prison sentence.

Ames was convicted in 2008 of a sex charge involving a minor under the age of 16 while living in San Bernardino County. In that case, he was sentenced to a year in jail, followed by 36 months of probation.

After his arrest here, California authorities revoked his probation for leaving the state without prior notice. According to court files, he'll be sentenced to three years in prison after serving his sentence in Arizona.


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