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Lake Havasu man admits sex crimes involving girl

May 16, 2019

KINGMAN — A Lake Havasu City man who provided detailed confessions about sex offense involving a young girl has taken a plea agreement requiring him to spend two decades in prison, rather than risking trial convictions that would guarantee him life behind bars.

David Long, 44, pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges involving his victimization of a 7-year-old girl early this year.

Long pleaded guilty to sexual conduct with a minor for an act involving oral sex committed on Jan. 22 at a Lake Havasu City residence. Long also pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of attempted child molestation for a touching incident committed at the same address six days before.

The deal dismisses five other charges involving the girl, one of them dating back to May, 2016.

Judge Billy Sipe told Long during a May 6 settlement conference that his multiple admissions left him little chance of acquittal, and likely multiple life prison sentences if convicted of all counts at trial.

Terms of the deal entered Tuesday require imposition of a 20-year prison term at a June 17 sentencing hearing.

Should Long be released at the age of 64, he then would face lifelong supervised probation and a requirement that he register as a sex offender.