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Former restaurant manager sentenced

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TUCSON- A former restaurant manager who was accused of trading sex with young female employees for better working shifts was sentenced today.

Last fall, John Shirey was indicted on four counts of sexual conduct with a minor.

In March, the 41-year old Shirey pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated assault on a minor under the age of 18.

In court today he apologized for his actions and was sentenced to three years probation.

News 4 Tucson attempted to talk to Shirey as he left the courthouse, instead he ran away and refused to comment.

The former Village Inn manager also asked  Judge Howard Fell, not to have him register as a sex offender. He told him, that just wasn’t him.

Lauren Pylipow prosecuted the case and explained he judge’s decision.

“He has deferred his decision as to whether or not he has to register. There's no absolute decision yet we will wait and see how he does on probation.”

Under the plea agreement, Judge Fell could've given him probation or prison, but he opted to give him the maximum probation despite Shirey's actions that were caught on surveillance video.

The victim in this case was under 18, and it was her mother who brought the case to the attention of the Pima County Sheriff's Department.

She and her daughter were consulted.”I can't speak for them, but they gave me their input and that was absolutely considered when determining what the appropriate plea would be.”

In court, Shirey's attorney told the judge his client’s current employer, also a restaurant was aware of the situation and even wrote a letter on his behalf. 

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