Sleepover may lead to prison |

Sleepover may lead to prison

Gregory Crofton

A South Lake Tahoe man pleaded no contest Thursday to charges that he sexually assaulted a young girl who had been invited to a sleepover at his house.

Michael Meador was charged with assaulting the girl who is younger than 14, a charge that could put him in prison for up to eight years.

At his sentencing, which is expected June 14, a judge will review his probation report. The report will include a psychiatric evaluation. His sentence will hinge on what the report says.

The assault took place in Meador’s home during the early morning hours of March 31. His daughters, ages 12 and 13, invited the girl to spend the night at their house.

Meador, 42, reportedly assaulted the girl after he entered a room where the group of girls were sleeping. The girl told her parents about the incident the next day.

In El Dorado County Superior Court Thursday, the man, now a convict, sat in orange jail clothes next to his court-appointed lawyer. A lanky and slightly hunched person, Meador remained calm as the judge and his lawyer cautioned him that his plea was a permanent action.

“The sentence depends on the probation report, you understand that,” Jordan Morgenstern said to his client. “You understand that you will not be able to withdraw your plea. This is it.”

Judge Jerald Lasarow said Meador will likely be sent to prison if his probation report determines he is a pedophile. If not, he may receive probation, which can include a jail sentence.

“This crime is punishable by three, six or eight years in prison,” Lasarow said. “It can be punished by less time such as one year in jail. If the report comes back favorable to him it’s more likely to get one year in county jail.”

The 42-year-old is also required to register as a sex offender in any county he lives in. His plea also means he has a strike on his record, which increases the amount of time he must serve if ever convicted of another crime.

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