Police & Courts

Quincy man pleads not guilty to multiple charges

Martin Wiskur
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Aug. 21, 2019 6:00 pm Updated: Aug. 21, 2019 6:05 pm

QUINCY -- A Quincy man pleaded not guilty to multiple charges, including one alleging that he encouraged his roommate to sexually abuse a child.

Court records show that Martin F. Wiskur on Thursday pleaded not guilty to charges of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child conspiracy, three counts of child pornography and two counts of Sex Offender Registration Act violation.

The case was placed on the December jury trial docket.

Wiskur is accused of texting his roommate, Jonathan B. Hoats, between Dec. 9, 2017, and April 23, 2018, encouraging him to sexually abuse a child under age 13.

He also allegedly provided Hoats with a room to prevent detection and requested that Hoats send him photographs.

Wiskur allegedly possessed three pornography videos and didn't register a new job and email address with the Quincy Police Department, violating the Sex Offender Registration Act.

Hoats was arrested in February and pleaded guilty last month to one count of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child and was sentenced to 30 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Wiskur was indicted on the charges Aug. 1. He had been held in the Adams County Jail since last November after he was arrested on two counts of child pornography and one count of failure to register as a sex offender.

He is being held in the Adams County Jail on a combined $250,000 bond.

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