Tuesday, December 5, 2006
Former Southborough selectman William Christensen will not have to serve jail time for his conviction on charges of soliciting sex online from a person he believed to be a 13-year-old girl.
But Christensen, who was arrested in an on-line sting operation in Massachusetts, still faces charges resulting from a similar operation in Rhode Island.
Plymouth Superior Court Judge Joseph M. Walker III sentenced Christensen to two and a half years in the Plymouth County House of Correction but suspended the sentence and assigned Christensen five years of probation on the condition that he register as a sex offender, stay away from minors, and off the Internet.
He also must continue counseling, pay a $2,500 fine, and accept random monitoring of his home computer use.
"We thought this sort of crime warranted jail time," said Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy Cruz. "The judge disagreed with us."
Christensen still faces charges in Rhode Island for allegedly arranging a rendezvous on-line with another undercover detective during the same week. Christensen was arrested in East Providence, where he allegedly planned to meet someone he thought to be a 15-year-old girl.
-- Carolyn Kessel Stewart