Ex-New Mexico police chief sentenced for child solicitation
ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — A former police chief in a New Mexico town has been sentenced to three years of probation and must register as a sex offender for sending sexual images and texts to a child.
The Roswell Daily Record reports 68-year-old Cassius “Cass” Mason was sentenced Monday after the former Hagerman police chief pleaded no contest to child solicitation by electronic device.
Chaves County authorities say Mason gave a cellphone to the girl and asked her send pictures of herself.
The victim’s mother found the phone and alerted authorities to the sexual images and explicit texts.
A six-year prison sentence and two years of parole were suspended.
Prosecutors dropped sexual exploitation and criminal sexual contact charges in exchange for his plea.
Information from: Roswell Daily Record, http://www.roswell-record.com