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A previously convicted sex offender pleaded guilty to two counts of online enticement of a minor Wednesday in Juneau Superior Court.
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Richard Bailey, 59, agreed to a double felony conviction in a plea bargain with the Juneau district attorney's office. Under the agreement, Bailey's charges were reduced from seven counts to two.
If the court hands down consecutive sentences, the former box-store employee faces up to 10 years in prison on the two remaining counts. Bailey's sentencing is expected to be affected by his 1981 conviction for sexual abuse of a minor in Ketchikan.
Bailey, whose online name was "alaskaman58," spent three months last winter arranging a sexual relationship with "Pinkgloss35," the online name of someone he believed to be a 13-year-old girl named Dee-Dee Miller. The child turned out to be a Washington County, Ark., sheriff's deputy cruising for Internet predators.
Bailey started off the relationship acknowledging to her he understood she was 13. Bailey's language grew more graphic with time and he eventually told her, "You are ready now." Bailey sent sexual pictures of himself to the deputy on the other end, according to police testimony.
"You believed that the other person was a minor," Juneau District Court Judge Keith Levy said at Bailey's arraignment last August.
Members of a task force working with the Juneau Child Advocacy Center and police say that when a sexual predator is caught online, there is usually more than one victim.
Through the plea agreement, Bailey escaped harsher sentencing guidelines that would have allowed Juneau Superior Court Judge Philip Pallenberg to send him to prison for four to 24 years for the same crimes. The plea agreement guidelines make it possible for Bailey to stay out of prison. Pallenberg set the sentencing date for April 17 and Bailey remains free on $10,000 bail.
Contact Greg Skinner at 523-2258 or firstname.lastname@example.org.