Former Las Vegas fire captain receives probation after paying teenage girl for sex: report
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A Las Vegas judge reportedly ordered a former fire captain to serve probation after he paid a teenage girl $300 to have sex with him at the fire station in 2017.

Senior District Judge James Bixler told Richard Loughry that he felt sorry for him during his Monday sentencing, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.

“You had done nothing but serve our community for your entire career. And to have this happen to you is really and truly a tragedy,” Bixler said after ordering the ex-captain to complete five years of probation and register as a sex offender.

The judge pointed to Loughry’s “spotless record” before “he certainly stepped in a big hole here.”

“I wish you the very best,” Bixler said at the end of the sentencing.

Loughry, 48, pleaded guilty in March to attempted statutory sexual seduction and soliciting prostitution.

The type of guilty plea he entered required him to admit only that prosecutors had enough evidence to prove the case to a jury, the newspaper noted.

He initially faced three counts of lewdness with a child under 16; two counts of child abuse, neglect or endangerment; and one count of soliciting prostitution of a minor.

Loughry’s sentencing came after he contacted a girl through a Craigslist advertisement in February 2017 and invited her to his fire station.

The advertisement described the girl as 22, though she was 15 at the time, prosecutors said.

He reportedly told the girl to stay quiet as he led her through Station 47 to the captain’s dorm. They had sex and she spent about 45 minutes at the firehouse.

It is unclear in court reports if other firefighters were aware of her presence, according to the newspaper. 

The Review-Journal reported that since resigning from the fire department shortly after his arrest, he has obtained a commercial driver’s license and worked in the trucking industry.

Several firefighters wrote letters of support for their former captain and some were seated behind him in court on Monday as Loughry apologized for his crime, which he called “the most stupid devastating decision I’ve ever made in my entire life.”