Shay Dickinson (Photo from mugshots.com)
A Roswell man who had pleaded no contest to molestation charges involving three young girls has been found not guilty on all charges during two jury trials in 5th Judicial District court in Roswell.
Shay Dickinson, 49, most recently of 119 Oliver St., was allowed to leave the Chaves County Detention Center two weeks ago after spending two and a half years in the jail while his case was pending.
Dickinson was initially charged in March 2012 with three counts of criminal sexual penetration in the first degree and three counts of criminal sexual contact of a minor in the second degree — one each for each of the three young sisters he allegedly molested on March 14, 2012.
According to court records, Dickinson had sexual contact with three daughters of his ex-girlfriend, ages 2, 4 and 7 at the time. Prosecutors said the girls’ mother was present at her home on South Birch Street at the time of the alleged assaults.
Assistant District Attorney Debra Hutchins, who was prosecuting the case in 2012, said the mother of the three girls noticed changes in their behavior. The mother reported to Roswell police that her daughters were mimicking sexual activity with each other. The girls said they had learned the sexual behavior from Dickinson, court records state.
The three girls were forensically examined by Esperanza House and all three sisters were put into counseling.
The three counts of criminal sexual penetration in the first degree each carried a maximum possible sentence of 18 years in prison and a $15,000 fine.
The three counts of criminal sexual contact of a minor in the second degree each carried a maximum possible sentence of nine years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
In total, Dickinson faced a possible 81-year prison sentence and $75,000 of fines on the six felony charges.
The charges stemmed from a March 14, 2012, incident during which Dickinson allegedly touched the private areas of the three girls. One of the girls also made contact with Dickinson’s penis, court records alleged.
Dickinson, who was arrested on the charges on March 17, 2012, entered into a plea agreement in June 2013, in which four of the charges were dismissed.
In exchange, Dickinson pleaded no contest to one felony charge of criminal sexual contact of a minor in the second degree and one felony count of criminal sexual contact of a minor in the third degree.
He was originally scheduled to stand trial June 11, 2013.
After entering into the plea agreement, Dickinson’s sentencing was scheduled for Aug. 15, 2013. He faced a maximum possible sentence of 15 years in prison on the charge of criminal sexual contact of a minor in the second degree, and a six-year sentence on the count of criminal sexual contact of a minor in the third degree.
Dickinson was ordered to undergo a 60-day psychiatric evaluation conducted by the New Mexico Corrections Department. He also was ordered to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life, with parole lasting from five years to life.
Dickinson’s defense attorney, S. Doug Jones-Witt of Roswell, said Dickinson during his processing at DOC expressed that he wanted to withdraw his no-contest pleas.
“When he got to the Department of Corrections in Los Lunas, and was evaluated by the diagnosticians, he very clearly informed them that the only reason he accepted the deal was because his lawyer had kind of talked him into it, which actually is not true,” Jones-Witt told the Daily Record Tuesday.
“When he gets up to corrections, he tells them ‘I didn’t do this. I did not touch these girls and I only Login to read more