Former University of Michigan debate director convicted of soliciting minor online
The former director of the University of Michigan's debate team will be sentenced later this month after pleading guilty to soliciting a minor for sex over the Internet.
Joshua Hoe, 43, pleaded guilty to counts of communicating with another to commit a crime over the Internet and accosting a child for immoral purposes, court records show. Five other counts of computer-related crimes will be dismissed at sentencing as part of the plea deal.
Hoe, of Ypsilanti, was charged in April after investigators with the Michigan Attorney General’s office concluded he engaged in graphic sexual conversations with and propositioned someone online that he believed to be a 14-year-old girl, authorities said. The online persona was really an undercover investigator.
His attorney, Thomas Loeb, did not return messages from AnnArbor.com.
Aaron Kall, who was the assistant director, is now listed as director of the debate team, according to the program’s website.
Hoe still appears on the U-M online directory, but the only mention of the debate team is a URL to a dead link. His directory entry was updated in June.
Hoe remains free pending his sentencing Oct. 20 after posting $3,750 bond in May, records show.
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