Men from Clovis and Texico are headed to prison after convictions of child sex charges in plea agreements announced Thursday by 9th Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler.
Kevin Baasch, 39, of Texico, was sentenced to 18 years in prison Wednesday by District Judge Donna Mowrer.
Baasch pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree felony criminal sexual penetration of a minor. He was originally charged with four counts of first-degree and one count of second-degree CSC, accused of having sex with a family member who was a minor, beginning in 2006 and continuing until earlier this year.
Also in Mowrer's court, Adam Sanchez, 33, of Clovis, was sentenced Wednesday to five years in prison after pleading guilty to one felony charge of soliciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual misconduct.
Sanchez was originally charged with three felony counts child solicitation by computer and one count of attempted sexual exploitation of children, accused of sending sexually obscene photos and text messages with his cell phone to a 12-year-old child in January.
According to Chandler's press release, Curry County Sheriff's investigators took over the child's phone and arranged a meeting Sanchez believed would be with the 12-year-old.
Sanchez arrived at the meeting place with a condom and several pairs of panties for the child to wear, according to the release.
"We are very thankful that the mother of this victim was monitoring her child's cell phone activity," Chandler said. "Years ago it took a crowbar for a predator to gain access to a child's bedroom, today it merely takes a wireless connection. This should serve as a reminder that with proper parental monitoring, children can be removed from harms way."
Deputy District Attorney Brian Stover prosecuted the Sanchez case. Chief Deputy District Attorney Andrea Reeb prosecuted the Baasch case.
Information on protecting children from Internet predators;
• Contact the District Attorney's Office Program Director Steve North at 769-2246