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Mount Shasta man faces prison for sex crimes against children

Having entered a guilty plea in January for the charge of committing lewd acts against a child, Mount Shasta resident Donald Mead was sentenced on Friday in the Siskiyou County Superior Court.      
Superior Court Judge Karen Dixon sentenced Mead to 2 years in state prison with credit for 174 days  served in the county jail. His prison sentence will be followed by 3 years of probation.
Mead, 69, was arrested by the Mount Shasta Police Department in September after a teenage victim came forward with evidence against him, said Siskiyou County District Attorney Kirk Andrus.
Mead, who has no prior criminal record, was initially charged with two counts of lewd or lascivious acts with a child under 14, two counts of a lewd act on a child 14 to 15 years of age, and two counts of oral copulation with a person under 16, according to online court documents.
“Mead admitted to law enforcement that he committed the offenses and he was cooperative with the investigation,” Andrus said.

Gary Phay
and Raymond Smith Jr.

The sentencings of two other men charged with multiple counts of sexual assault against minors were postponed on Tuesday in the Siskiyou County Superior Court.
The sentencing of Gary Phay, 35, of Weed, was postponed until Apr. 12.
In Oct. of 2002, Phay was charged with several counts of lewd or lascivious acts with a child under 14 years old, a count of sexual penetration with a foreign object: victim under 1 year old and a count of continuous sexual abuse of a child.
The sentencing of Raymond Smith Jr., 20, of Yreka, was postponed until March 15.
In Dec. of 2010, Smith was charged with committing lewd or lascivious acts to a child under 14 years old, sexual penetration with a foreign object: victim under 1, sexual battery, and dissuading a victim from reporting a crime.

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