UM administrator charged in minor solicitation case

Attorney General Mike Cox has announced the arrest of Joshua Blake Hoe, 42, of Ypsilanti, for using the Internet to solicit minors for sex after communicating and making advances toward who he thought was a 14-year-old girl.

Hoe, the University of Michigan's Debate Program Director, used the screen name ''okape40,'' to communicate online with at least one ''girl'' he believed to be 14 years old.

He allegedly engaged in graphic sexual conversation and propositioned the undercover persona to engage in sexual activity.

Additionally, Hoe provided what he thought to be a 14-year-old girl with Internet links to pornographic websites.

His conversations with the undercover persona originated in a chat room, which led to private instant messaging conversations.

During the private conversations, Hoe informed the ''girl'' he was an administrator at the University of Michigan.

The Defendant is charged with: one count of Accosting, Enticing or Soliciting a Child For Immoral Purposes, a 4-year felony; three counts of Using the Internet to Accost a Child for Immoral Purposes, a 10-year felony; three counts of using the Internet to Disseminate Sexually Explicit Matter to a Minor, a 4-year felony.

Hoe was arraigned in Ypsilanti at the 14A-2 District Court, before Magistrate Camille T. Horne. The Magistrate set bond at $15,000.

Published: Thu, May 6, 2010

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