PRESCOTT - A man sentenced to six years' probation for sexual conduct with a 12-year-old girl was on Monday re-sentenced at his request and will serve 1.5 years in prison instead.
Dennis Lee James, 17 at the time, went "cruising" on Old Route 66 in Seligman with a friend in June 2011 and picked up two girls, 11 and 12 years old, according to a police probable cause statement. The 11-year-old was dropped off, but the victim stayed in the pickup truck.
The driver parked the truck behind a gas station, and James and the victim moved to the bed of the pickup, where they had "consensual sex," she told police, according to the statement.
Afterward, they got back into the cab and drove back to the place the victim had been picked up, and she got out and walked home.
James was originally charged with one count of sexual conduct with a minor. He pleaded guilty to one count of attempted sexual abuse, a class 6 undesignated felony.
In February, Superior Court Judge Tina Ainley sentenced him to a year in jail, 282 days of which he had already served, and six years' sex offender probation.
But on Monday, he was back before her to be re-sentenced, because, Deputy County Attorney Steve Sisneros said he "did not want to maintain his distance from town and stay away from certain individuals."
"I agree with the defendant's position," his attorney, Bruce Griffen, said.
Ainley said she understood as well, but that he would miss the opportunity for counseling he would have had on probation.
She sentenced him to 1.5 years in prison with credit for 338 days served.
"I hope you understand the situation and the punishment and it will keep you out of trouble," Ainley said.