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Man who met family at ice rink pleads guilty to lewdness with child

A man who police said befriended a young boy’s family at a hockey arena pleaded guilty Friday to two counts of attempted lewdness with a child.

Bryan Hargrave, 40, first encountered the family about two years ago at the SoBe Ice Arena on North Rancho Drive, according to police.

He had offered to help coach the 7-year-old boy in hockey. He became known as “Uncle Bryan” and got close enough with the child’s family that he sometimes tucked the boy into bed at night, police said.

He was arrested in June after the boy’s mother told Henderson police Hargrave had touched the boy inappropriately.

Authorities also investigated similar allegations with Hargrave and an 11-year-old boy in 2008 but could not find enough evidence to file charges, according to court records.

Police said Hargrave tried to slit his wrist after he was confronted with the allegations.

Hargrave originally faced eight counts, including possessing child pornography and using a minor under 14 in producing pornography.

He faces 10 years to life in prison at his January sentencing. He also would be required to register as a sex offender.

Contact reporter David Ferrara at dferrara@reviewjournal.com or 702-380-1039. Find him on Twitter: @randompoker.

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