Apr 19, 2013 7:12 PM by Morgan Frances - MFrances@kristv.com
CORPUS CHRISTI - A Corpus Christi judge sentenced a man 12 years in prison, today, after he pleaded guilty to the solicitation of a minor online. Mark McClanahan, a former Harris County basketball coach at a Christian private school, sat tearful on the stand as he expressed sorrow for the conversations he had with a supposed 13-year-old girl in an online chat room.
"I'm very sorry for what I've done," he said, "I'm sorry I've wasted this judge's hours of his day."
The 13 year old was actually a detective with Corpus Christi Police Department's Internet Crimes Against Children division. "I had just told him that I was a 13-year-old female," she said.
At some points, Detective Alicia Escobar had trouble repeating the graphic details of the conversation between herself and McClanahan. She then said, "This is just the start of it. It gets even worse."
The transcript is too vulgar to re-broadcast but Detective Escobar testified that McClanahan agreed to meet the 13-year-old beneath a statue just outside Whataburger Field; a meeting he later cancelled.
His former employer, his wife and more testified on his behalf; all of them saying he didn't deserve prison time but Judge Jose Longoria felt differently.
"It still happened because you made those comments," Judge Longoria said referring to the chat room conversation, "and you even went further to suggesting to the supposedly 13 year old by sending pictures of yourself which is just sickening."
He gave the father of three 12 years in Texas State prison out of a maximum sentence of 15 years.