Nevada County judge hands down 2-year sentence in sex case
Wearing a collared shirt and tie, Patrick John Denboske stood silently Friday as deputies placed handcuffs on him.
Denboske, 23, began serving a two-year sentence on a charge of unlawful sexual intercourse. Facing a maximum of four years in prison, Denboske pleaded no contest in March. He remained free on bond until his Friday sentencing.
Denboske must serve at least half of his sentence. His behavior while incarcerated could lead to more time behind bars, Assistant District Attorney Chris Walsh said in an email.
Walsh said he asked for Denboske to register as a sex offender after his release. However, the judge didn’t have the authority to impose a registration requirement.
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“This defendant and case happened to fall in unique place in that the defendant was 9 years older than the victim,” Walsh added. “If he was 10 years older it would have been much more serious. Also, the victim was over 14; if she was under 14 it would have also been much more serious.”
Defense attorney Brian Wanerman, who represents Denboske, has called the plea agreement acceptable to his client.
According to authorities, officers learned last summer that Denboske was involved in a months-long relationship with the victim. Denboske discovered the victim’s parents learned about the relationship, and he tried to contact her. Deputies used her cell phone, acted like her and arranged to meet Denboske. He was arrested Aug. 1.
To contact Staff Writer Alan Riquelmy, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 530-477-4239.
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