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Cassaro pleads to lesser crimes

Posted: Friday, Sep 28th, 2012

Michael Cassaro, who was arrested Aug. 20 for suspicion of kidnapping, has pleaded guilty to lesser charges of second-degree custodial interference and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

On Sept. 26, Cassaro was convicted of the charges negotiated with the Lane County District Attorney’s office. He will be sentenced early next week.

In August, Cassaro was picked up by Florence police at the request of Junction City police, after they were notified that the 23-year-old man had taken a young girl from her home in Junction City.

Cassaro had been corresponding with the victim by Internet and had believed the girl was 19.

He traveled to Junction City at the girl’s request, according to police interviews, and was returning to his home in Florence with her when police intervened.

The young girl, who is 11 years old, was returned to her family unharmed.

Lane County Deputy District Attorney Chris Parosa said that the custodial interference charge is a felony, but Cassaro will probably be sentenced only to time served, plus at least two years’ probation and fines.

For the complete article see the 09-29-2012 issue.

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