SANTA CRUZ — A former paramedic faces a maximum sentence of three years, eight months in state prison for having sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl he lured to his house after meeting her on the Internet.
Nathan John Contos, 27, pleaded no contest in Santa Cruz County Superior Court on Thursday to two counts of child molesting and a misdemeanor count of possessing child pornography. He likely will have to register as a sex offender, attorneys said.
Contos, of Santa Cruz, conversed with the girl in an AOL chat room and through the popular MySpace.com for about a month before meeting and engaging in what investigators have called “inappropriate sexual contact.” He also asked the girl to send him nude photos of her, which she did.
Sheriff’s deputies arrested him in February.
“He’s an adult who intentionally went onto the Internet, targeted a child and molested her,” prosecutor Jeff Rosell said. “He’s a predator.”
The no-contest plea means Contos does not dispute the charges against him and is considered by the court as equal to a guilty plea.
“Today he accepted responsibility for the mistake he made,” lead defense attorney George Gigarjian said Thursday.
His attorneys said they will ask that Contos be sentenced to probation and that it’s unlikely a judge would mete out the maximum sentence. Contos has no criminal history, his attorneys said.
“We think Nathan is a good young man,” said Gigarjian, who added that about two dozen people attended Thursday’s court proceedings to support his client.
Good young men don’t molest 14-year-old girls and possess child porn.
And I’m on a slump. I haven’t been able to find any MySpaces in a while. So if you know where Contos’ MySpace is please let me know.