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October 11, 2012

Enid man facing prison following online encounter with 14-year-old

ENID, Okla. — A 20-year-old Enid man faces two years to life in prison for arranging a sexual encounter online last week with someone he believed to be a 14-year-old girl.

Nicholas Todd Mingus was arraigned Thursday on a single count of soliciting sexual conduct or communication with a minor by use of technology.

Mingus was charged after prior felony convictions, enhancing the sentence from up to 10 years imprisonment and/or a fine of up to $10,000.

Court records show Mingus pleaded guilty Dec. 1, 2011, to two counts of planning to perform an act of violence and was sentenced to 10 years suspended on both counts in Muskogee County.

Enid Police Department’s Sgt. Dustin Albright responded to an online ad Oct. 4 seeking sex in the Enid area, according to an affidavit filed in the case. Albright texted the poster of the ad, who sent a picture in an email with the name of Nicholas Mingus.

Mingus asked Albright his age and he replied 14. Mingus replied, “Np the thing is I’m 20 if ur okay with that than cool,” according to the affidavit. He continued, stating, “So you want to have sex with a 20 year old? Ok ill do it.” Albright noted in the affidavit he never mentioned sex to Mingus in their communications.

Mingus also told Albright he had to “promise” not to have him sent to jail.

“U need to promise that I will not be out in jail for this,” Mingus wrote. Albright replied, “Well geez if you don’t want to then that’s fine ...” Mingus answered “I do” and “I want to,” according to the affidavit.

Mingus told Albright where he lived and said he would have to come out to his house. Albright told Mingus he couldn’t drive, but lived near a park in Enid and he could meet him there. Mingus said his dad would give him a ride and they would be in a red Buick.

Sgt, Randy King and Detective Mark Pettus stopped a car matching the description in the 900 block of Harvest Drive with two males in the car.

Albright spoke to Mingus, who admitted to posting an ad wanting sex online.

He also admitted he communicated back and forth with someone he thought was a 14-year-old girl, according to the affidavit. He also said he went to the park to meet with the girl he’d been talking to and knew it was wrong to do what he did, according to the affidavit.

Mingus is free on $10,000 bond and was ordered to return to court Nov. 26 for a bond appearance.

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