WORTHINGTON ― A Worthington resident was ordered to serve 240 days of jail time in a 2019 case in which he was accused of inappropriate communications with a minor.
Kevin Souksavath, 52, was arrested last year after he met an undercover law enforcement officer on the dating site Grindr who was posing as a 15-year-old. Although the "youth" told Souksavath he was only 15, Souksavath exchanged phone numbers and continued to talk with them. Souksavath sent two explicit photos of himself and asked the "youth" to send explicit photos in return.
Souksavath was charged with engaging in electronic communication relating or describing sexual conduct with a child and distribution via electronic communication material that relates/describes sexual conduct to a child.
He pleaded guilty to the second offense, with the first dismissed.
Souksavath received his sentence Monday. Fifth Judicial Judge Terry Vajgrt gave Souksavath a stay of imposition, meaning that he was judged guilty of a felony but a prison sentence was not imposed.
Souksavath will be allowed to serve five years of supervised probation in lieu of prison time, and if he abides by his probation terms for the duration of the five years, the conviction will be dropped to a misdemeanor offense. He must also serve 240 days of local jail time on a staggered basis. He will serve 60 days at a time, beginning June 1 of 2021, 2022, 2023 and 2024. He was also ordered to pay a $1,000 fine.