NM man gets 2 years for sexual contact with girl

November 28, 2012 • State News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Santa Fe man who pleaded guilty to a having sexual contact with a 10-year-old girl was sentenced to two years in prison.

The [auth] Albuquerque Journal reports ( that 22-year-old Jesus Esparza-Gutierrez also was given credit Monday for having already spent 16 months in jail.

Authorities say Esparza-Gutierrez admitted he had sexual contact with the girl.

Esparza-Gutierrez asked state District Court Judge Stephen Pfeffer for mercy and said he was under the influence at the time of the incident.

Pfeffer says he believed Esparza-Gutierrez was being sincere, although he was worried the defendant was minimizing his actions by saying he was drunk.

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