A former Nixa resident who also lived in Arkansas and Clever will spend his next seven years in prison.
James M. Liaromatis, 51, was sentenced to seven years in prison for pleading guilty to second degree statutory sodomy. Liaromatis initially faced 13 different charges, according to court documents obtained by the Christian County Headliner News.
The 12 dropped charges against Liaromatis, according to his plea agreement, are five counts of second degree statutory sodomy, five counts of first degree endangering the welfare of a child, one count of second degree child molestation and one count of furnishing pornographic material to a minor.
On May 29, Circuit Judge Jennifer Growcock sentenced Liaromatis to seven years in prison per the terms of the plea agreement.
Liaromatis will be required to register as a sex offender. Court documents show he has resided in Nixa, Bull Shoals, Arkansas, and most recently in Clever.
According to a probable cause statement filed in 2016, Liaromatis was working as an emergency medical technician driving an ambulance. He had taken a 16-year-old boy with him to work for a ride-along shift on April 18, 2015.
When the shift ended at approximately 2:30 a.m., law enforcement agents allege Liaromatis took the teenager to his home off of Owen Road in Nixa.
Liaromatis was accused of giving the boy “a large quantity of wine” to drink. The teen alleged that Liaromatis then touched him inappropriately and had sex with him.
Under questioning from law enforcement agents, Liaromatis’ former mother-in-law told detectives that Liaromatis stole drugs from the ambulance provider he worked for and considered killing himself. According to the probable cause statement, Liaromatis’ former wife, who is now deceased, and his former mother-in-law threw away a wine bottle and drugs in the dumpster of a Nixa restaurant.