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Seligman man faces 17 years in prison for possession of child porn

PRESCOTT - A Seligman man accused of ten counts of sexual exploitation of a child accepted a plea agreement Tuesday, which cut that down to one count plus four counts of attempted sexual exploitation.

Gary E. Lasher, 37, was indicted in March on 10 counts that involved possession of pornographic images of a minor under 15 years old on his computer.

He also faced charges in a separate drug cases, in which he pleaded guilty to one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Superior Court Judge Tina Ainley noted that she could have imposed 24 years flat time, meaning no early release for any reason, plus 15 years for each of the attempted exploitation charges, all of which are considered dangerous crimes against children.

However, she said, the deal stipulated a cap on prison time at 17 years plus lifetime sex offender probation.

When Ainley asked him if the plea was what he wanted to do in this case, Lasher replied, "Not really, but it's the way I have to go."

She pointed out that it wasn't too late for him to choose to go to trial, but Lasher said no.

He is set to be sentenced on Sept. 26.

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