Judge Mary L. Marlowe Sommers rendered sentenced on former Los Alamos County Transit bus driver Joseph Dimas in First Judicial District Court, Feb. 17, in Santa Fe.
The judge ordered Dimas to register as a sex offender, remain on supervised probation for 10 years and avoid all contact with minors under the age of 16 with the exception of his own children.
Dimas was sentenced after he pled guilty to a charge of child solicitation by electronic communication device (child aged 13 to 16). A second charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor was dismissed under a plea reached between Assistant District Attorney Kent Wahlquist and Defense Attorney Stephen Aarons.
Los Alamos police arrested Dimas in October 2016 and charged him with conducting a relationship with a 13-year-old girl, which according to the report was developed over several months. Police reports also indicated text messages, which “involved sexual content” were exchanged and the victim sent Dimas sexual photographs of herself. The report states that Dimas also met the girl in a park and on other occasions the victim alleged she and Dimas would “meet and kiss ….” Video retrieved from the transit company allegedly shows the physical contact between Dimas and the victim.
Dimas has not been employed by the County since Oct. 20, 2016.