Police & Courts

Quincy man pleads guilty to sex abuse charges

Martin Wiskur
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Dec. 10, 2019 6:10 pm Updated: Dec. 10, 2019 9:57 pm

QUINCY -- A Quincy man faces up to 17 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections after pleading guilty to sex abuse charges, including one where he encouraged his roommate to sexually abuse a child.

Martin F. Wiskur pleaded guilty on Tuesday in Adams County Circuit Court to one count of conspiracy to commit predatory criminal sexual assault of a child and one count of Sex Offender Registration Act violation. He faces a minimum of four years in prison.

As part of the negotiated plea, charges of three counts of child pornography and one count of Sex Offender Registration Act violation were dismissed.

Wiskur, 62, will return to court Feb. 21 for sentencing. After completing a prison sentence, Wiskur could face civil commitment as a sexually violent person.

He was originally arrested in November 2018 on two counts of child pornography and one count of failure to register as a sex offender. He was indicted on additional charges.

Adams County Assistant State's Attorney Anita Rodriguez said Wiskur texted his roommate, Jonathan B. Hoats, between Dec. 9, 2017, and April 23, 2018, encouraging him to sexually abuse a child under age 13.

Rodriguez said Quincy Police received a cyber tip on Aug. 10, 2018, after a Facebook user was flagged for sharing possible child pornography. The account was connected to a mobile phone number registered to Wiskur, who was a registered sex offender stemming from a 1986 conviction in Harrison County, Mo.

She said an extraction of Wiskur's phone revealed several disturbing images of Hoats with the child, who was later identified with the assistance of a school resource officer.

Rodriguez said Hoats and Wiskur connected when Wiskur picked up Hoats as 17-year-old runaway in North Carolina. Wiskur made Hoats have sex with him in return for a place to stay.

Rodriguez said Wiskur and Hoats exchanged more than 1,000 text messages with many involving the sexual assault of the child during the period the abuse occurred.

Rodriguez said Wiskur assisted Hoats with covering his tracks, including providing a room to avoid detection and making sure it locked.

Hoats, 21, was arrested in February. In July, he pleaded guilty to one count of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child and was sentenced to 30 years in prison.

Wiskur continues to be held in the Adams County Jail on $250,000 bond.

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