Former County Commissioner Freeman Jockisch was arraigned today on one count of enticement, after being indicted by a federal grand jury Jan. 31. Jockisch was arrested last year at a Saraland apartment complex where was he lured by law enforcement officials posing online as a juvenile girl. Responding to two separate Craigslist postings over a period of several months, Jockisch indicated on multiple occasions he was interested in meeting the girl for sex.
With a charge of enticement, the government contends Jocksich “knowingly used the Internet to attempt to persuade, induce, entice and coerce an individual who [he] believed was a minor…to engage in criminal sexual activity, and had such sexual activity occurred, [he] could have been charged with a criminal offense under the Code of Alabama…”
A conviction carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000. Jockisch previously served 33 months in a federal work camp for lying on tax returns and ethics forms. He is scheduled for a bond hearing at 10 a.m. Feb 13. A call to Jockisch’s attorney, Jeff Deen, was not immediately returned.
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