December 26, 2014

Sterling man placed on probation after admitting he failed to register as sex offender

A Sterling man has admitted he failed to register as a sex offender when he moved, and has been placed on two years’ probation.

51-year-old Marvin Hazen made his plea in front of Gage County District Judge Paul Korslund, without an attorney.

Korslund praised Hazen for his action.

“You’ve been a standup guy on this. I haven’t seen this kind of a situation very often. In fact, I recall at arraignment impressing upon you that you may need an attorney and that you were well advised to get an attorney and that you could possibly negotiate a plea agreement. And you steadfastly said, ‘No, I want to plead guilty’ and you did that,” Korslund told Hazen in court.  “So, you have certainly taken responsibility.”

Hazen told the judge he had moved after a dispute with a roommate. He failed to register as a sex offender at his new address.

Hazen was sentenced in 2002 for incest and second degree sexual assault. He was released from prison in 2012, but has been required to register as a sex offender for life.

Doug Kennedy, KWBE, contributed to this story.