Tahlequah Daily Press

January 31, 2014

Park Hill man pleads in solicitation case

By JOSH NEWTON
Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — Court documents say a 21-year-old Park Hill man accused of soliciting a minor online has entered a plea agreement with prosecutors.

Steven J. Nelson was initially charged in 2012 with soliciting sexual conduct or communication with a minor by use of technology. Under this week’s plea agreement, the initial charges were dismissed and the case was refiled as “assault with intent to commit a felony.”

Nelson pleaded no contest to the new charge and received a five-year deferred sentence, along with 60 hours of community service. He’ll also be placed on District Attorney supervision for two years.

As part of the plea, Nelson agreed not to use computers or social networking without supervision for the next five years.

He’ll be required to attend relationship counseling.

According to court documents, Nelson admitted that prosecutors had “sufficient evidence” to establish he had committed an assault and solicited sexual conduct through a computer.

Tahlequah police detectives arrested Nelson in 2012 after an online undercover sting. Nelson believed he was communicating with a 13-year-old girl, but was instead talking with a police detective, authorities said.

Nelson allegedly asked to meet the teen for sex, but was instead arrested by officers when he arrived.

jnewton@tahlequahdailypress.com