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DECATUR — A Decatur man was sentenced to six years in prison Thursday after pleading guilty to having sex with a 16-year-old girl, dropping her off at her high school afterward.

Skylar L. Cook, 24, appeared in Macon County Circuit Court and pleaded guilty to a single count of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, a Class 2 felony. Cook was represented by defense attorney Kevin Sanborn and, in a plea deal, three additional counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse were dismissed, along with six counts of soliciting sex acts.

A count of violating sex offender registration rules was also dismissed by Judge Jeffrey Geisler.

Prosecuting, Assistant State’s Attorney Kate Kurtz said Cook made contact with teenage females via Facebook, where he used the name “Jay Taylor.”

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A sworn Decatur police affidavit about the case described how he had befriended and persuaded one 16-year-old girl to send him nude pictures of various parts of her body, offering payment of between $500 and $1,000 a photo. Police officer Erik Ethell said in the affidavit that the girl later agreed to meet Cook for sex on March 5.

“(The girl) stated that Jay then dropped her off at high school,” Ethell said.

Kurtz told the court that Cook had been required to register as a sex offender after being convicted of criminal sexual abuse in 2013. Part of the registration requirements are that he provide police with a complete list of all online accounts and identities, which police said he failed to do.

No defense was offered for Cook in court, although at the time of his arrest the police affidavit quoted him as stating that he thought he 16-year-old he had sex with was actually 18.

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In addition to the prison sentence, Geisler ordered Cook to pay a total of $700 in fees and fines and to register for the rest of his life as a sex offender. He was ordered to submit to testing for sexually transmitted diseases and he was banned from having contact with five teenage girls only identified by their initials in the court order.

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