A Natrona County man and convicted sex offender, is accused of re-offending.

Thirty-three year old Jay Dimas has entered an Alford plea to one charge of third degree sexual abuse of a minor.

Investigators with the Casper Police Department say from January through May 2016, they were informed that Dimas was communicating with the victim via Facebook messenger.

The victim told police she knew Dimas was a sex offender, and had engaged in sexual activity with him.

When officers attempted to contact Dimas, they learned he had been in Cody for some time, which was a violation of his sex offender status, because he wasn't registered there.

Once he was arrested and charged with failure to register as a sex offender, police talked to him about the new case, and he said he knew the victim, but denied any communication via Facebook messenger, and requested an attorney.

Detectives collected printouts of the Facebook messenger conversations to be used as evidence.

As part of a plea deal, prosecutors dismissed three other charges and will seek no more than a six-to-12 year prison sentence, to run at the same with a 20-to-48 month sentence that he is currently serving for failure to register as a sex offender.

Dimas is being held on $75,000 bond and will be sentenced at a later date.

An Alford plea is not an admission of guilt, but acknowledges that prosecutors have enough evidence and/or testimony to get a guilty verdict from a jury, had the case gone to trial.

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