TUCSON – A Tucson man, Patrick Michael Winkler was sentenced to 173.5 years in prison by a Pima County judge this week. A jury had found Winkler guilty earlier this month of 10 counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor, 2 counts of Luring a Minor for Sexual Exploitation, 3 counts of Unlawful Age Misrepresentation, and 1 count of Failure to Register as a Sex Offender.
According to the Arizona Attorney General’s Office, Winkler is a registered sex offender who previously served nearly 15 years in prison for child molestation. In March 2017, Winkler was released on community supervision.
A parole officer found concerning conversations in one of Winkler’s online accounts along with images of underage girls a year after Winkler’s release. The parole officer reported Winkler’s online activity to the Tucson Police Department. Detectives launched an investigation and found videos and images of child pornography on Winkler’s cellphone that were downloaded between November 2017 and March 2018.
Investigators also discovered that Winkler used the cellphone app “Whisper” to attempt to lure minors for sexual exploitation. In some of these online conversations, Winkler had knowingly misrepresented his age in an attempt to prey on underage girls. Winkler also did not disclose his Whisper account, which is a violation of his registered sex offender requirements.