A Tulsa County judge sentenced a man to five years in prison after the man pleaded guilty to having sexually explicit conversations in what the judge called “an intentional predatory act” with a detective posing as a 14-year-old girl.
Christopher Hosselkus, 29, faced six counts of making lewd or indecent proposals to a child and two counts of soliciting a minor for indecent exposure on the social media app Whisper in January. He entered blind pleas of guilty April 30 to four of the lewd proposal counts and had the other charges dismissed at that time.
Court documents from mid-May indicated the Tulsa County District Attorney’s Office would request a maximum of eight years in prison.
But during a hearing on Monday, Assistant District Attorney Kenneth Elmore requested consideration of more prison time, saying a presentence investigation report indicates Hosselkus is still a serious safety risk. Hosselkus’ attorney, Andrea Brown, asked that her client be released so he can live under the supervision of family members or friends who are in law enforcement.
Associate District Judge Cliff Smith imposed a sentence of five years in prison for each count followed by five years of probation, two of which will be supervised by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections. Each sentence will run concurrently, Smith said.
The convictions require Hosselkus to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life, but Smith said Hosselkus can transfer his supervision to another state upon his release with the approval of DOC’s probation and parole unit.
“This was an intentional predatory act to solicit a young girl online,” he said before announcing his decision, noting Hosselkus sent photos of his genitalia to someone he genuinely believed was a minor.
Hosselkus, whom police have said was a child care worker at a church, reportedly tried to arrange a meeting at several places in Tulsa but ultimately backed out of plans to meet in person. However, the conversations continued for about a month, according to court records.
“That’s not a mistake, Mr. Hosselkus, and that’s something you need to understand,” Smith said, calling the behavior “intentional acts driven by a sickness.”
Though the charges related to talks with an undercover Tulsa police detective posing as a child, Elmore said statements from Hosselkus after his guilty pleas showed his interest in exercising power and control over young people.
“The comments he makes (to the undercover officer) are sickening to say the least,” he said. “But I’ve never seen (in a pre-sentence report) what is almost a manifesto for why people commit sexual assaults.”
Hosselkus said in a prewritten statement that “What I did was irresponsible, immature and wrong” and expressed regret over “the shame I have regrettably attached to my family’s name.” However, he said he did not think a lengthy prison term was appropriate because he accepted responsibility for his conduct.
Brown argued further incarceration for Hosselkus will not teach him any lesson he has not already learned and said it was “unprecedented” for a registered sex offender to agree to live with anyone in law enforcement. She said Hosselkus has also survived sexual abuse and partly as a result of that experience has a significant history of being in mental health crises.
Elmore, though, said Hosselkus’ behavior — which he admitted was illegal — merited prison time and applauded officers for identifying Hosselkus as a potential danger before he managed to contact a real child online.
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