Man accused of soliciting sex from undercover officer posing as 14-year-old girl gets probation
Note: The headline and description of who was posing as the underage girl has been corrected.
The Ann Arbor man who was accused of soliciting an undercover officer for sex while the officer posed as a 14-year-old girl was sentenced to two years of probation this week.
Eric Skulsky, 28, pleaded no contest in April to one charge of use of the Internet or a computer system for prohibited communication, according to court records. Washtenaw County Trial Court Judge Melinda Morris on Monday sentenced him to two years of probation and 100 hours of community service, records show.
Skulsky was charged in the case in June 2009 and had at least two trials with hung juries. Officials say he was caught in a sting operation run by the Michigan Attorney General’s Office in January 2008. It was alleged that Skulsky solicited an officer who posed as a 14-year-old girl for sex during the sting operation.
Skulsky maintained his innocence throughout those trials, and his plea of no contest to using the Internet or a computer system for prohibited communication is not an admission of guilt. A plea of no contest means the defendant did not wish to fight the charges, but was sentenced by the judge as if he or she was guilty.
In exchange for his plea to the using the Internet or a computer system for prohibited communication charge, two charges of using the Internet to commit a crime were dropped, according to court records.
The 28-year-old still faces one more charge in the Washtenaw County Trial Court, records show.
Skulsky was charged with one count of possessing child sexually abusive material in 2011, according to court records. He had a final pretrial hearing in that case on Monday as well, but court records did not show when his next hearing is scheduled.
If convicted of that charge, Skulsky faces a maximum penalty of four years in prison.