Assistant District Attorney Patrick Amason said the jury returned the verdict Wednesday after deliberating for no more than a half hour. Gericke was charged with electronic solicitation of a child for the purpose of having sex. At the time of his arrest, Gericke was a member of the National Guard described by his attorney as holding a “high rank.”
Gericke was arrested in October, 2012 after police filed charges alleging he solicited sex over the internet from what was represented to be a 15-year old child. Instead, an undercover police officer was waiting when Gericke arrived. A charge he traveled to meet the girl had previously been dropped.
Circuit Judge Mike Conaway is scheduled to sentence Gericke September 29.