Lower Prov­i­dence man jailed for at­tempted sex with minor

The Phoenix - - LOCAL NEWS - By Carl Hessler Jr. chessler@21st-cen­tu­ry­media. com @Mont­coCourtNews on Twit­ter

A Lower Prov­i­dence man faces time be­hind state prison bars af­ter he was caught in a sting op­er­a­tion tar­get­ing those who at­tempted to have sex­ual con­tact with mi­nors.

Charles Ed­ward “Bud” Christ­mann, 45, of the 2700 block of Egypt Road, was sen­tenced in Mont­gomery County Court to two to four years in a state cor­rec­tional fa­cil­ity af­ter he pleaded guilty to felony charges of un­law­ful con­tact with a minor and at­tempted statu­tory sex­ual as­sault in con­nec­tion with in­ci­dents that oc­curred be­tween May and Au­gust of 2016.

Judge Gar­rett D. Page also or­dered Christ­mann to com­plete five years’ pro­ba­tion fol­low­ing pa­role, mean­ing Christ­mann will be un­der court su­per­vi­sion for nine years. Christ­mann will be un­der sex of­fender su­per­vi­sion and will also have to re­port his ad­dress to state po­lice once he’s re­leased from prison.

Page also pro­hib­ited Christ­mann from us­ing the In­ter­net dur­ing his pe­riod of court su­per­vi­sion.

An in­ves­ti­ga­tion of Christ­mann be­gan in May 2016, when un­der­cover agents from the Penn­syl­va­nia Of­fice of At­tor­ney Gen­eral’s Child Preda­tor Sec­tion re­sponded to an on­line ad al­legedly posted by Christ­mann that was seek­ing sex­ual con­tact, ac­cord­ing to the crim­i­nal com­plaint. Christ­mann pro­ceeded to have a sex­u­ally ex­plicit on­line com­mu­ni­ca­tion with the un­der­cover agent, who was pos­ing as a 14-year-old boy, ac­cord­ing to the crim­i­nal com­plaint.

Christ­mann, ac­cord­ing to the ar­rest af­fi­davit, sent the un­der­cover agent sex­u­ally ex­plicit pho­tos and video footage of him­self dur­ing the on­line con­ver­sa­tions. Even­tu­ally, dur­ing an Aug. 7, 2016, ex­change, Christ­mann ex­pressed a de­sire to meet who he be­lieved was the 14-year-old boy for sex, ac­cord­ing to the ar­rest affi- davit.

“So you look­ing for­ward to to­mor­row? I’m look­ing for­ward to giv­ing you great plea­sure…,” Christ­mann al­legedly wrote in one mes­sage.

The meet­ing was set up to oc­cur at an apart­ment com­plex lo­cated on Bill Smith Boule­vard in the King of Prus­sia sec­tion of Upper Me­rion. When Christ­mann ar­rived on the park­ing lot of the apart­ment com­plex at 11:11 a.m. Aug. 8, state agents took him into cus­tody, court doc­u­ments in­di­cate.

When con­fronted with the al­le­ga­tions Christ­mann ad­mit­ted to trav­el­ing to meet who he be­lieved was a 14-year-old boy for sex­ual con­tact.

“Christ­mann stated that he fan­ta­sized and mas­tur­bated to the con­ver­sa­tion he had with the minor child. Christ­mann stated that his in­ter­est in males be­gan ap­prox­i­mately four years ago and his in­ter­est in ju­ve­nile boys be­gan about four months ago,” state author­i­ties al­leged in the ar­rest af­fi­davit.

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