New York man gets 30 years for sex with underage girl

Huskisson was already sex offender during Sept. 2017 incident
By: 

Kevin Murphy Leader Correspondent

A New York man who traveled to Shawano to have sex with a 15-year-old girl was sentenced Monday in federal court to 30 years in prison to be followed by lifetime supervised release.

According to court documents, James A. Huskisson, 46, of Ozone Park, New York, was a sex offender when, in September 2017, he struck up an internet relationship with a female student at Wolf River Lutheran High School. The girl told Huskisson that she was 15 years old. Their conversation turned sexual, and they began sharing sexually explicit photos.

Huskisson drove to the Shawano area in late September.

A car with New York license plates was observed in the Lutheran high school parking lot and reported to the Shawano County Sheriff’s Department on Sept. 26. A deputy was sent to the school but could not locate the car.

Hours later, police received a shoplifting complaint from the Shawano Walmart and stopped a car with New York plates. Huskisson and the girl were in the car, but the officer was unaware of the suspicious vehicle report made earlier that day. The officer also did not know that Huskisson was a registered sex offender with a 1999 forcible rape conviction in New York.

Huskisson and the girl were cited for shoplifting and released.

A school official called the sheriff’s department the next day to report that the girl was involved in an inappropriate relationship with a New York man. The girl had told school staff that the man’s name was James Lee, that he had been at her house, had bought her clothing and a cell phone.

Huskisson was also known as Lucky, Jason Desantes and James Lee.

A sheriff’s deputy spoke with the girl’s mother, who said she doubted that her daughter’s story about a relationship was true. The deputy advised the woman to talk to her daughter and report back any information.

On Oct. 13, a school official told the sheriff’s department that the girl was in a relationship with the man from the suspicious vehicle complaint, and the girl was calling him from school. The school seized the girl’s phone.

Photos and text messages recovered from the girl’s phone indicated that she and Huskisson were in her bedroom on Sept. 27.

The school official told police that the girl had told Huskisson that he was being sought by law enforcement.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department Detective Christopher Gamm got the girl’s permission to log into her Facebook messenger account. He saw that the girl and Huskisson began chatting on Sept. 16, and she had told him that she was 15 years old.

Huskisson had returned to New York but was arrested there and returned to Wisconsin where he was indicted in December for sexually exploiting a child.

He has been in custody since Dec. 15 and pleaded guilty to the exploitation charge in February.