PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – A man with a history of using the internet to lure minors for sex will head to prison for 2.5 years.
Multnomah County Judge Kelly Skye sentenced Mark Wann on Tuesday after he pleaded guilty to one count each of luring a minor and first-degree online sexual corruption of a child.
The Portland Police Bureau’s Sex Trafficking Unit arrested Wann on Oct. 17, 2017 while conducting an undercover mission looking for people who were willing to buy sexual services on the website, Backpage.com
In court Tuesday, Wann said that he made a “huge mistake” when he tried to lure a minor for sex. The minor was actually an undercover police officer.
When Wann was arrested, he was already on probation for luring a minor and purchasing sex with a minor, according to court documents.
Judge Skye asked him about his decisions while on probation.
“I’m just curious what about your probation didn’t work,” the judge asked.
“I had a feeling you’d ask this question,” Wann responded.
“The truth is, I wasn’t think, obviously,” Wann said. “I didn’t take my probation as seriously as I should have.”
Wann said that he has undergone therapy.
“I slipped badly,” Wann said.
He described sitting in his cell in jail for 20 hours a day wondering why he violated his probation.
Skye sentenced Wann to 2.5 years in prison. When he is released, in March of 2020, Wann will be on formal probation for 3 years.
He will have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.