Jeremy Rosales sentenced on child porn, solicitation

Jeremy Rosales sentenced on child porn, solicitation

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Jeremy Jon Rosales, 42, was sentenced to five years in the state penitentiary Wednesday on charges of child pornography and solicitation of a minor.

Circuit Court Judge Michael Day ordered the two sentences to be served concurrently.

The sentences on each technically were for seven years in prison with two years suspended on condition of paying costs, complying with treatment programs and parole requirements during the suspended portion of the prison sentence, and registration as a sex offender.

Both sentences had been agreed to in a plea agreement. The potential maximum sentences on each Class 4 felony count is up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $20,000.

Judge Day told Rosales in introducing the sentence, that pre-sentencing investigation "did not indicate you are a safety risk."

But, he said, Rosales' testing did indicate high testing scores indicating "adult anti-social behavior."

Speaking of Rosales' admitted contact with a 15-year-old girl, "You were grooming her to have sex with her," and that he admittedly had enlisted his own daughter to help in that effort.

Rosales told the court before sentencing, "I would like to apologize, first or all to the victim."

Speaking of his communication with the victim that resulted in a photo of her nude upper body and his photo of himself nude, he said, "It was a disgusting act."

He told the judge, "I just want to be a better citizen and role model" to his children and grandchildren.

Assistant Attorney General Robert Haivala said before sentencing, "This is one of the most shocking cases I have seen."

He added that a solid prison sentence is called for not only for punishment, "But we need to protect our kids."

Defense attorney Matthew Kinney of Spearfish noted a relatively clean record and honorable Navy service for Rosales, and that he was doing sex offender therapy through the VA.

He added, "There is no contact involved ... his failure of stopping himself is his biggest mistake."

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