Casper Cly, a 26-year-old Los Alamos resident and former Los Alamos National Laboratory employee was sentenced to four years in prison Tuesday by 11th Judicial District Judge Karen Townsend in Farmington.
Under a plea agreement reached in March, Cly had agreed to plead guilty to one count of child solicitation by electronic communication device, a third degree felony and one count of child solicitation (13-16), a fourth degree felony.
Judge Townsend sentenced Cly to four years in state prison with credit for time served of 18 months, according to Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero who testified at the sentencing hearing along with San Juan County Sheriff’s Deputy Erik Barlow, the chief investigating officer on the case. Lucero told the Los Alamos Daily Post that Cly will be required to register as a sex offender following his release from prison.
Cly was arrested during a proactive child exploitation investigation using Internet message boards after he made contact with Barlow who had identified himself as a 14-year-old girl. Cly allegedly conducted several sexually-explicit conversations and asked for sexy photos. He also allegedly sent three sexually explicit photos and asked the “female” if they could meet, saying he would bring condoms. He made arrangements to meet at a park in Aztec where he was intercepted by deputies.
When Cly was interviewed by Barlow, he allegedly admitted to talking to a female he believed to be 14 years old, to initiating the sexual portion of their conversation, and arranging a meeting for sex. He allegedly claimed he changed his mind about having sex with the juvenile female but stayed at the park anyway, and that he had a box of condoms in his vehicle.