Farmington man gets probation in child sex case

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FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) – Authorities said they had difficulty taking a child sex case to trial, resulting in a plea agreement for an 83-year-old Farmington man who is now out of jail after pleading guilty to three charges.

The Daily Times reports Gerald Hale was sentenced to five years of probation and released from jail March 21. He pleaded guilty to criminal sexual contact against a minor, child abuse and false imprisonment.

Hale was arrested in August 2012.

Prosecutor Dustin O’Brien says there were evidence problems that compromised the ability to take the case to trial.

Defense attorney Cosme Ripol says the deal will protect the victim from psychological and emotional stress of a trial. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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