Sydney Spies strikes plea deal

A former Durango High School student who drew international attention for the racy photo she submitted for the yearbook will plead guilty to obstruction of a police officer, her lawyer said Tuesday in La Plata County Court.

In accordance with the plea agreement, Sydney Spies, 19, must pay a fine and stay out of trouble. If she is successful, the conviction will be wiped from her permanent record.

Spies, who now lives in California, is expected to sign the paperwork and send it to the courts within two weeks, said her Durango lawyer, Richard Jaye. She will not have to make a personal appearance to resolve the case, he said.

Spies made headlines earlier this year by protesting the omission of a photo she submitted of herself wearing a short skirt with a shawl that exposed her shoulders and midsection for the high school yearbook. Student editors deemed it too racy.

The story and photographs were picked up by news outlets around the world.

Spies and her mother appeared on the “Today Show” in New York City, where Spies called the photo “artistic.”

She then landed a bit role in a SyFy channel movie called “American Horror House,” which aired in October.

Spies was arrested late Aug. 12 or early Aug. 13 at her mother’s house on Oak Drive in Durango.

Police responded about 11:20 p.m. Aug. 12 to find numerous party-goers drinking alcohol.

Spies is suspected of trying to block a police officer from entering her mother’s house after her mother reportedly fled from police who were questioning her about the house party and underage drinking.

Spies also is suspected of pulling and tugging against officers when they tried to place her in handcuffs. She also attempted to jump out of the police cruiser.

Her mother, Denise “Miki” Spies, 45, was arrested on suspicion of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a felony, and obstructing a police officer and resisting arrest, both misdemeanors.

Prosecutors did not file formal charges for contributing to the delinquency of a minor, saying they couldn’t track down any underage drinkers at the party because they were dealing with Miki Spies and her daughter.

Miki Spies, who appeared Tuesday in La Plata County Court, is set for trial next month. She has until Jan. 8 to strike a plea agreement with the 6th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

She also faces charges for an unrelated case in which she is suspected of trespassing early June 24 at River Church, 860 Plymouth Drive. In that case, she is suspected of yelling and refusing to leave the playground when asked.

She was arrested on suspicion of trespassing, resisting arrest and obstructing a police officer.

shane@durangoherald.com