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Dewey man gets 2.5 years in child sex case; faced up to 200 years

Freddie Lee Newkirk III

Freddie Lee Newkirk III

PRESCOTT - A man who at one time faced as long as 200 years behind bars if a jury convicted him of sexual conduct with a young girl on Monday was sentenced to 2.5 years in prison followed by probation.

Freddie Lee Newkirk III, 19, of Dewey, originally was charged with three counts of sexual conduct with a minor under the age of 12, two counts of child molestation, and one count of sexual abuse. The girl who said Newkirk molested her was 11 when she came forward in July 2012, saying he had sexual activity with her four times on different occasions over four years, according to a police probable cause statement. Newkirk admitted to police that he had touched the girl inappropriately, the statement said. He was arrested when he was 18.

Because there also was a case in progress against him for narcotic sales, which would be considered a prior offense if he were found guilty at trial, he could be sentenced to "close to 200 years," Superior Court Judge Celé Hancock told him in March.

Last month, Newkirk accepted a plea agreement that cut the charges to two: attempted sexual abuse and attempted transportation of a narcotic drug for sale.

Monday, Hancock sentenced him to 2.5 years in prison on the attempted sex abuse charge and 10 years' probation on the drug charge. She also imposed lifetime sex offender registration.

Since the sex offense took place while Newkirk was a juvenile, he can ask the court to end his sex offender registration if he successfully completes his probation.