PRESCOTT - Facing more than 20 years in prison if he's convicted on child sex charges at trial, Eric Massari has accepted a plea agreement that will likely see him serve three years behind bars.
Massari, 36, is a convicted sex offender who was indicted on four counts after a teenage girl told Prescott Valley police that she had intercourse with him on two occasions and witnessed an incident with another girl.
In June 2012, investigators identified the two girls and interviewed one, a 16-year-old, who told them she had sexual intercourse with Massari on two occasions, and said she witnessed a separate incident involving a 15-year-old girl, Prescott Valley Police Sgt. Brandon Bonney said. The girl alleged that Massari provided alcohol to the girls.
Investigators confronted Massari with the allegations, and he made incriminating statements about his involvement with the victim, Bonney said.
Last week, he asked Deputy County Attorney Steve Young for a plea agreement that called for no prison time so he could care for his children. But Young insisted that prison time was necessary.
"He was convicted for this type of offense previously," Young said.
Superior Court Judge Tina Ainley noted that Massari is on probation for a conviction in Maricopa County, that taking the plea would put him in violation of that probation, and that he would likely serve two years in that case.
She said she would likely sentence him to no more than three years in prison and lifetime sex offender probation.