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Ex-West Genesee school board member gets jail time for attempted sexual contact with child

James Soper (New York State Police)

A former West Genesee school board member was sentenced to jail time attempting to engage in sexual activity with a child, according to Cayuga County District Attorney Jon Budelmann.

Budelmann said James M. Soper was sentenced to 10 years probation with the first six months in jail for trying to meet up with who he thought was a 12-year-old girl.

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Criminal complaints obtained by CNYCentral state Soper used a cell phone to send pictures of his privates "to whom he believed to be a 12-year-old female child." The documents further state that Soper "invited the child to engage in oral sexual conduct with him."

At the time of his arrest, he was serving on the West Genesee School District's Board of Education, but he resigned from that position.

In May, he pleaded guilty to attempted criminal sex act in the second degree.

Along with the 10 years probation, Soper will have to register as a sex offender. Budelmann said he will have a sexual offender registration hearing before his release.

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