Gilbert man sentenced for molesting 12-year-old girl he met online

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Posted at 12:27 PM, Jan 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-17 18:46:51-05

GILBERT, AZ — A Valley man has been convicted and sentenced after sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl he met through social media.

25-year-old Christopher Jan Laudato Wicker was sentenced to 10 years in prison last week in Maricopa County Superior court after pleading guilty to four counts of attempted child molestation. When he gets out of prison he will be placed on lifetime probation.

Gilbert police arrested Wicker on August 2, 2018 after the victim told her parents she had a sexual relationship with Wicker when she was 12-years-old.

After talking with the police, court records show the victim's social media account was reactivated and Wicker reportedly started contacting her again. He asked if she wanted to meet with him in person.

Detectives posed as the girl and communicated with Wicker when they say he asked the girl to come to his house at some point and would sneak her in.

When Wicker arrived at the victim's home to pick her up police were waiting for him.

While being interviewed by detectives, Wicker said the victim initially told him she was in her 20s, but before their first meeting in person, she admitted to being 13-years-old.

At his initial appearance, the judge ordered Wicker held without bond saying, "I believe you pose a substantial danger to the community."

Wicker is scheduled to be released from prison in March 2027.