Former University of Michigan debate director sentenced to prison in local solicitation case
An Ypsilanti man who solicited what he believed to be a 14-year-old girl over the Internet on multiple occasions was sentenced again to prison.
Court records show Joshua Hoe, 43, was ordered to serve nine months in prison and multiple years of probation upon his release in a case investigated by a special unit of the Michigan Attorney General’s Office.
Authorities said he had graphic sexual online conversations and shared pornographic images with an undercover investigator posing as a teenage girl.
Circuit Judge Archie Brown ordered the prison sentence to be concurrent with a prison sentence Hoe received for a similar crime in Macomb County.
Last month, a Macomb judge sentenced Hoe to between one and seven years in prison for distributing child sexually abusive material and multiple counts of accosting children for immoral purposes, records show.
Hoe, who was director of the University of Michigan debate team until the charges were filed, pleaded guilty in October to counts of communicating with another to commit a crime over the Internet and accosting a child for immoral purposes in Washtenaw County. Prosecutors dismissed charges of using a computer to commit a crime.
Hoe’s attorney, Thomas Loeb, has not return messages seeking comment.
Art Aisner is a freelance writer for AnnArbor.com. Reach the news desk at firstname.lastname@example.org or 734-623-2530.