Former radio host gets prison time for sexual coercion

Mugshot courtesy Washoe County jail
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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - A former Reno radio personality has been sentenced to at least a year in prison, and possibly four years, after pleading guilty to sexually-motivated coercion. Amos Ayers was sentenced December 21, 2017 in Washoe District Court.

The sentence was based partially on the results of a mandatory psycho-sexual evaluation, and begins immediately. He will also have to register as a sex offender.

In May 2016, Reno Police announced they had arrested Ayers for an alleged sexual assault of an 18-year-old woman who had been drinking. Ayers was booked into the Washoe County jail at the time on a single count of sexual assault.

Police said the woman had gone with an "acquaintance" back to his office. It was there the incident took place, according to police.

According to NRS 207.190, there are two essential elements to the crime of coercion. The criminal act can be using actual physical violence or merely threatening the use of violence against the victim.

Ayers, whose radio name was Ron James, was the morning host on Wild 102.9FM in Reno until the arrest; he was also a referee for girls' athletics.