John C. Atkin, 47, a habitual felon from Elko, Nev. was sentenced on Feb. 10 in an Elko County courtroom to 25 years behind bars for sexual contact with a child.
The child, according to The Elko Daily Free Press, was a 6-year-old female relative. Atkin took the child to his room, where he held her against her will and touched her genitals.
The abuse took place last June in Elko.
The mother of the victim told police her daughter was assaulted by Atkin shortly after the alleged incident occurred. Prior to the allegation, Atkin resided in the same house as the victim and her family. ~ Elko Daily Free Press
The prosecutor in the case, Deputy District Attorney Jonathan Schulman, noted that Atkin confessed in a police report to sexually molesting another female relative that lived in another state. After reviewing Atkin’s psyco-sexual evaluation, Schulman argued that Atkin was “at a high risk of committing more sexual crimes.”
Police have identified that second sexual assault victim in N.M., and believe the victim was abused on multiple occasions. Police from Elko have passed that information on to N.M. authorities.
Schulman also informed the court that Atkint had amassed 13 earlier felony convictions.
Atkin’s defense lawyer, David Lockie, argued that his client was also a victim of abuse at a young age, and that Atkin's cooperation with police in this case should weigh in his favor when being sentenced.
Atkin pleaded no contest to attempted sexual assault on a child younger than 14 and attempted first-degree kidnapping.
The judge overseeing the case, District Judge Al Kacin, sentenced Atkin to five years on the kidnapping charge, 20 years for the sexual assault, and gave Atkin 249 days credit for time already served.
Atkin will be eligible for parole after serving 10 years.
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