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With credit for almost two years served awaiting trial and the opportunity to earn day-for-day good-time, Christopher Davis could be out of prison in three or four years. Davis had faced the possibility of as many as 24 years for multiple counts of criminal sexual penetration and other charges, but District Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer dismissed all but the eight years under terms of a plea bargain that gave her leeway to sentence Davis to between one and 10 years in prison.
The case provided a fresh example of how online communication in recent years frequently has become a factor in crimes involving sexual exploitation of young people. The charges against Davis, which also included criminal sexual communication with and child solicitation by electronic communication device, came in after a Minnesota mother reported Davis had been exchanging sexually explicit text messages and photos with her year-old daughter.
When police confronted Davis, court documents say, he asked if they were there regarding two other underage Los Alamos girls and admitted to having sex with both of them. He would often threaten to commit suicide if they stopped communicating with him. Defense attorney Dori Biagianti Smith noted that Davis and two of the girls were within five or six years in age when the sexual encounters happened.
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