GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - A plea deal has been reached for a former Green Bay school bus driver busted in an undercover child sex sting.
A Brown County judge allowed 34-year-old Victor Iakimenko to plead no contest to soliciting prostitution. He also entered an Alford plea to a charge of child enticement to avoid deportation.
An Alford plea means Iakimenko admits there is enough evidence for a conviction, but he maintains his innocence.
Iakimenko was caught in September 2013's Operation Black Veil Two. Authorities say Iakimenko chatted with online said he thought he was meeting a 15-year-old girl for a sexual act.
“In the end it was an appropriate outcome, I think the district attorney worked well with us in getting this case resolved,” Iakimenko's attorney Alf Langan told FOX 11.
Prosecutors say even though Iakimenko was willing to have sexual contact with a minor, they felt comfortable offering the deal because Iakimenko had posted an ad looking for an adult, not a child.
I think, under the facts and circumstances this was the appropriate resolution. There’s no allegation that he had any sexual contact with any of those children. There’s no allegation that he was specifically targeting young children by his ad,” according to Brown County District Attorney David Lasee.
Iakimenko will serve 30 days in jail, spend two years on probation and must complete sex perpetrator counseling. Should he not complete his two year probation, Iakimenko will be convicted of child enticement and deported. The felony charge will be wiped from his record if he remains clean.
(Additional reporting from FOX 11)