A former EMT with San Diego Rural Metro admitted to having sex with a minor under 16 according to a plea agreement reached Wednesday.
Zachary Stinchcomb, 23, of La Mesa pleaded guilty to one felony count in connection with a relationship he developed with a 15-year-old girl.
The two met around November 2014 on the website meetme.com and communicated via KIK, police said. Investigators say the girl was told Stinchcomb was 17 years old at the time.
After several months the girl ended the relationship, prosecutors said. The girl has not been identified by authorities due to her age.
Prosecutors allege the relationship between Stinchcomb and the teenager led to an incident on January 22 in which the girl accused Stinchcomb of holding her at knifepoint after he picked her up before school.
The teen girl said he demanded she remove clothing and then used the knife to cut off the girl’s underwear, according to a search warrant affidavit filed with the court.
According to the warrant documents, the defendant allegedly drove past the school, arrived to a park where he parked the car.
He was arrested and initially booked under two charges.
Under the plea agreement Stinchcomb faces up to four years behind bars and a $10,000 fine. He will also have to register as a sex offender.
Rural Metro told NBC 7 Stinchcomb is no longer an employee of the company.