Sentencing set in Nevada County child sex case |

Sentencing set in Nevada County child sex case

Patrick John Denboske

A Grass Valley man accused of having sex with a 14-year-old girl has pleaded no contest to the accusation and is expected to receive a two-year prison sentence, authorities said.

Patrick John Denboske, 23, pleaded last month to unlawful sexual intercourse. Facing a maximum four-year sentence, Denboske is expected to instead receive half that term, Nevada County Superior Court records state.

Denboske is free on bond pending his May 6 sentencing, records show.

“We filed the most serious charge we could, based on the facts that we had,” Assistant District Attorney Chris Walsh said. “I think it’s appropriate.”

According to Walsh, he could have filed more serious charges if the victim was younger than 14, and if the age difference between Denboske and the victim was over 10 years.

Defense attorney Brian Wanerman, who represents Denboske, said his client opted to accept the plea agreement.

“The agreement was acceptable to my client,” he added. “He’s going to serve his sentence according to the agreement that was made in court.”

Authorities have said they learned last summer that Denboske been involved in a months-long relationship with the victim. Denboske then learned the victim’s parents had discovered the relationship.

Denboske tried to contact the victim. Using her cell phone, deputies acted like the victim and arranged to meet Denboske. They arrested him Aug. 1 at Condon Park, reports state.

To contact Staff Writer Alan Riquelmy, email or call 530-477-4239.

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