By JOSH NEWTON
Court records show a Tahlequah man accused of soliciting sexual conduct with a minor online has pleaded no contest.
Donald Lee Paden, 24, was arrested in 2012 after an online sting by local authorities. Prosecutors later charged Paden with the soliciting charge, as well as lewd or indecent proposals to a child under age 16. A judge ultimately dismissed the lewdness charge.
As part of the plea agreement, Paden was given a five-year suspended sentence and ordered to spend one year in the Cherokee County Detention Center, with credit for time he had already served. He will also be under probation and parole supervision; pay various fine and costs; and be forced to register as a sex offender.
Court documents allege Paden believed he was talking to a 13-year-old girl online in August 2012, but he was actually talking to an undercover sheriff’s deputy. Authorities set up a meeting between Paden and what he believed to be the teenage girl when Paden began to ask for a sexual encounter.
Court records show Paden had pleaded guilty as a youthful offender in Rogers County in 2005 for lewd molestation. He was later sent to sex offender treatment and was released in 2008.
Paden was then given permission to move to Cherokee County to live with a family member.