The man behind some of Jefferson County's worst child sex abuse cases is headed to prison and may be there the rest of his life.
58-year-old Michael Nef made headlines last summer when he was arrested and charged with 10 child sex abuse counts.
In a plea deal last September, six of those charges were dropped. Nef pleaded guilty to four and was sent to Cottonwood for 6 months.
Now, Judge Brent Moss has sentenced him to two consecutive prison terms. One term of five to 25 years. The other of five years to life.
Robin Dunn, Jefferson Co. Prosecutor: "In 25 years of sex abuse crimes this is probably the worst."
Dunn: "The judge does what's called 'flop the rider' which means he's imposing the original sentence."
A judge rarely flops a rider. When it does happen, it's usually because the criminal doesn't keep the rules or misbehaves while at Cottonwood.
Dunn: "This is one of the very few instances I've seen where they just believe that this offender should not be in the public for a period of time."
Nef was arrested almost a year ago after detectives say he sexually abused children numerous times. He was involved in lewd conduct with a three-year-old, videotaped himself having sex with a 13-year-old, and forced a 12-year-old into lewd conduct with a dog.
Because Nef's sentence is a minimum of five years, he won't be automatically released at that time.
Depending on his behavior and other factors, he could be behind bars the rest of his life.
Depending on his behavior and other factors? Screw that!
5 years minimum? Grrrrrrrrrrrrr!