Man Who Faked Death To Avoid Child Sex Crimes Trial Sentenced

PANAMA CITY - A Georgia man, who faked his own death to avoid prosecution on sex charges in Panama City, has been sentenced to four years in prison.

19-year-old Nathan Wilkins pleased no contest in August to charges that he traveled to Panama City with the intent of meeting an 11-year-old child for sex.

Thursday, a judge sentenced Wilkins. In addition to the prison time, he also got 10-years probation, will have to register as a sex offender and perform 250 hours of community service.

Wilkins was arrested in June 2012 as part of a sting called "Operation Rip-Tide." Police placed phony child sex advertisements on the internet. Fourteen people, including Wilkins, responded and showed up.

Wilkins was out on bond in April when a fisherman found a suicide note and Wilkins' clothing on the banks of a river in Brooks County, Georgia. Wilkins was found three days later in Aurora, Colorado.


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