A 26-year-old man was sentenced Friday to 67 days in jail and ordered to register as a sex offender for 10 years after having sexually oriented conversations online with a 10-year-girl from Washougal.
Keven Carlson-Aguilar then started a romance with the girl’s mother and moved from California to their home in Washougal, but the girl told investigators they never had any physical sexual contact.
Carlson-Aguilar was immediately eligible for release from the Clark County Jail, because he has already served his sentence while he was waiting for his case to be resolved.
In an agreement with prosecutors, Carlson-Aguilar pleaded guilty March 19 in Clark County Superior Court to communicating with a minor for immoral purposes. In exchange, Senior Deputy Prosecutor Camara Banfield dropped a charge of attempted sexual exploitation of a minor and agreed to recommend the 67-day sentence.
“I’m very sorry,” Carlson-Aguilar told Judge Suzan Clark on Friday.
“I do think it’s an appropriate sentence given all of the facts and circumstances,” Clark said. “I hope you have learned something from this.”
“You need to remember the laws are very strict on those types of communications.”
Carlson-Aguilar’s attorney, Jeff Barrar, said a conviction of attempted sexual exploitation of a minor would have meant a sentence of four to five years in prison. He said Carlson-Aguilar had fully cooperated with Washougal police and prosecutors and now has family support to restart his life.
Carlson-Aguilar lived in California when he met the girl in an online chat room in March 2009, according to a court affidavit by Washougal police Officer Zane Freschette.
Carlson-Aguilar and the girl gradually began communicating over a variety of instant-messaging services.
The girl said she and Carlson-Aguilar were “in love,” Freschette wrote. During the chats, he would describe sexual acts he planned to perform on her when they finally met in person, Freschette wrote. He also requested nude photos of her, but she said she never sent any, according to the officer.
He eventually began speaking with the girl’s mother, though the affidavit doesn’t explain how that happened.
The mother was aware of Carlson-Aguilar’s age, but she was not aware of the sexual nature of his conversations with her daughter, according to the affidavit.
“She felt as though Keven was serving as a father figure,” Freschette wrote.
The girl told police that she ended her romantic relationship with him in October 2010. Meanwhile, her mother continued to communicate with him and developed romantic feelings for him, according to the affidavit. In February 2011, he moved to Washougal and rented a room in their residence until April 2011. The girl told police that she and Carlson-Aguilar never had sexual contact during that period.
The relationship between the mother and Carlson-Aguilar continued after he moved out of her residence. It’s unclear when the relationship between him and the mother turned sexual.
In January 2012, he told her that he’s a pedophile who has never acted on his urges, according to the affidavit. She then asked him to stay away from her home.
As part of Friday’s sentence, he’ll also be on probation for a year.