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Posted on Wed, Apr 28, 2010 : 8:23 a.m.

University of Michigan debate program director accused of soliciting minors for sex

By Staff

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Joshua Hoe

The head of the debate program at the University of Michigan was charged Tuesday with soliciting minors for sex online, Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox said.

Joshua Blake Hoe, 42, is accused of using the Internet to engage in sexual conversation and propositioned a person he thought was a 14-year-old girl for sex, Cox said in a press release. The "girl" was an undercover investigator.

Hoe, of Ypsilanti, was arraigned Tuesday on one count of accosting, enticing or soliciting a child for immoral purposes, and three counts each of using the Internet to accost a child for immoral purposes, and of using the Internet to disseminate sexually explicit matter to a minor.

A message seeking comment was left on the answering machine of a Joshua Hoe in Ypsilanti.

Hoe used the screen name "okape40," to communicate online with at least one "girl" he believed to be 14 years old, the press release said. He is accused of engaging in graphic sexual conversation and propositioned the person he was communicating with to engage in sexual activity. Additionally, Hoe provided Internet links to pornographic websites. During private instant messaging conversations Hoe told the "girl" he was an administrator at the University of Michigan.

Cox urged parents to check their children's "buddy lists" for the screen name, "okape40". If they believe their child had contact with Hoe, or to report other suspected Internet sex predators, parents should contact the Attorney General's office at (313) 456-0180.



Sat, May 1, 2010 : 10:43 p.m.

Actually it doesn't credit this to local police. What agency DID get this guy? I'm also curious if the group Perverted Justice had anything to do with it.


Thu, Apr 29, 2010 : 3:15 a.m.

Where are the people that are supposed to type in all capital letters that the city needs to do something about this "type" of person?


Thu, Apr 29, 2010 : 12:59 a.m.

Think therapy will help? I don't think it will at this stage. Hoe is 42, Throw him in jail, do the same with the keys to his cell. It really is a sad situation, and thank you officers for doing a good job.


Wed, Apr 28, 2010 : 4:27 p.m.

This might explain why UM has fallen so far behind MSU in debate. (MSU has been national champs three times since 2002, including this year.) I guess the head of debate at UM has had his mind elsewhere.


Wed, Apr 28, 2010 : 1:03 p.m.

Ugh *Jumbotron Facepalm*. Hope Josh is able to get the help he needs. Basic incarceration won't do anything to cure what ails these otherwise functional individuals.


Wed, Apr 28, 2010 : noon

I am greatful that steps are being taken by our local police department to help with this madness. It just hurts me to my heart to hear about these old "people" (both men and women) going after our children. Keep up the good work!


Wed, Apr 28, 2010 : 11:31 a.m.

Too bad he couldnt argue his way out of this "debate"!! :)


Wed, Apr 28, 2010 : 8:21 a.m.

The head of the debate program at the University of Michigan, Joshua Blake Hoe, 42, needs therapy in the worst way.