HAYS MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO CHILD SEX CRIMES
March 31, 2021
A Hays man pleaded guilty to a pair of child sex crimes Tuesday.
Christopher Lynn Cox, 21, pleaded guilty to criminal sodomy and sexual battery in Ellis County District Court. Criminal sodomy is a level three person felony and sexual battery is a misdemeanor.
According to court documents, the sodomy charges stem from an incident on Feb. 17, 2020, where Cox Provided alcohol and had sex with a 14-year-old girl.
As a result of the plea agreement, a rape or an alternative charge of aggravated indecent liberties with a child charge were dropped.
Based on Cox’s criminal history, he faces up to 61 months, or five years and one month, in prison.
The sexual battery misdemeanor charge stemmed from Feb. 1, 2020, incident where he inappropriately touched a 16-year-old without her consent, according to court documents.
Cox was initially charged with felony aggravated sexual battery but, under the plea agreement, the charge was reduced to misdemeanor.
Cox is expected to be sentenced to 59 months, or 4 years and 11 months, in prison.
Court Services officials will conduct a criminal history investigation prior to sentencing to determine Cox’s criminal history.
Sentencing is set for later this year.
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