Shay Dickinson, 38, entered a plea of no-contest on two counts of charges of criminal sexual contact of a minor, one a third-degree felony and the second a second-degree felony, on Tuesday.
The charges date back to incidents that happened in March 2012. The victims were 2 years old, 4 years old and 7 years old at the time.
Assistant District Attorney Debra Hutchins said the mother noticed changes in their behavior. “She did all the right things. She reported it to the police, had the girls examined by Esperanza House and she put all three into counseling.”
According to the criminal complaint, the exam revealed evidence of penetration. Hutchins said as a result of the plea, Dickinson’s sentence will range from a three-year minimum to a 21-year maximum sentence. His sentencing hearing will not take place until Dickinson completes a 60-day psychiatric evaluation in Los Lunas. “After he gets out of prison, he will face lifetime registration as a sex offender.”
Dickinson was originally charged with three counts of CSC and three counts of criminal sexual penetration — one each for each of the children — but Hutchins was willing to accept the plea agreement to the two charges the day the jury trial was supposed to start, so the victims would not have to go through the ordeal of testifying in front of the court.
The mother of a previous victim said she is glad that Dickinson is off the streets. She told the Daily Record: “I went in to the courthouse for the trial. I saw that one little girl wearing her pretty blue dress. She was crying, and it broke my heart. I prayed that she wouldn’t have to face that man in court. Then he entered the change of plea. I guess my prayers were answered.”
For the one mother, the plea means closure for herself and her family. “I know he can never do this to another child again.”
“We are happy with the result,” Hutchins said.