By Conrad Dudderar
A convicted felon has been sentenced to seven years in prison for trying to get a Yukon-area teen to have sex.
Oklahoma City’s Krishna Kama Skanes, 40, was convicted June 30 in Canadian County District Court with soliciting sexual conduct or communication with minor by use of technology.
Skanes pleaded guilty to the felony crime at a preliminary hearing before Canadian County Special Judge Charles Gass. He appeared with his attorney, Douglas Parr.
Judge Gass sentenced Skanes to 15 years in state Department of Corrections’ custody, with seven years in prison and eight years suspended.
Skanes will be supervised by the state DOC after his release from prison. He was ordered to pay court costs and fees.
The Canadian County sentence will run concurrent with Skanes’ December 2021 conviction in Cleveland County on the same charge. He also pleaded guilty in that case, and Judge Lori Walkley sentenced him to 10 years in prison.
He has been housed at the Oklahoma State Reformatory in Granite since Jan. 27.
Skanes previously served time in state prison between 2008-10 and 2015-16 after being convicted in Oklahoma County with distribution of controlled dangerous substance, acquiring proceeds from drug activity and possession of controlled substance/paraphernalia.
The felon was charged June 6, 2020, in Canadian County District Court for “encouraging, offering and soliciting sexual conduct and engaging in communication for sexual or prurient interest” with a minor victim “by use of cellular or Internet technology,” court documents show.
The Canadian County Sheriff’s Office investigated the crime, which occurred between Feb. 10-16, 2020, southwest of Yukon in Oklahoma City limits.
MOTHER SEES DIRTY TEXT MESSAGE
A member of the Oklahoma Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force began the investigation after the victim’s mother told the sheriff’s office her 14-year-old son received a text message on his phone with an image of a man’s private parts, according to a probable cause affidavit.
After the boy’s mother started communicating with the suspect pretending to be her minor son, Skanes sent another explicit photo.
Skanes was reminded he was communicating with an underage child, the court affidavit indicates.
But the conversation continued and the suspect allegedly texted, “O that’s not a problem. N show me ur body?”
The middle schooler’s mother took screen shots of the entire conversation and e-mailed them to sheriff’s investigators.
Skanes was identified through his profile on the Plenty of Fish online dating website, according to the affidavit.
The sheriff’s investigator also used records from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, Oklahoma Department of Corrections, Oklahoma Department of Public Safety, and several other sources to positively ID Skanes as the culprit.