MERIDEN — A local man pleaded guilty to risk of injury to a minor after police said he demanded a 13-year-old perform a sex act in 2016.
Braedon Pleines, 20, of 53 Washington St., was charged in April with enticing a minor and risk of injury to a minor. On Tuesday, Pleines pleaded guilty under the Alford Doctrine to risk of injury to a minor. Under the Alford Doctrine, a defendant does not admit guilt, but acknowledges the state has enough evidence for a conviction.
On March 15, he is scheduled to be sentenced to four years in prison, suspended after three months, followed by two years’ probation. The plea deal also calls for Pleines to be on the sex offender registry for 10 years.
In August 2017, police identified a teen possibly connected to a human trafficking case and obtained a search warrant for her Facebook account, according Pleines’ arrest warrant. A separate investigation started in connection to the teen’s page and messages with Pleines.
The girl told detectives that in December 2016, Pleines demanded a sex act in exchange for a watch she left in his car, the warrant said. The girl, who was 13 at the time, said Pleines, who was 18, also sent her nude pictures and threatened her with violence.
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