A former Menomonee Falls resident pleaded guilty to using a computer to facilitate a sex crime with a child.
Harold A. Prudhomme, 37, was caught by an undercover officer after he placed an ad on Craigslist looking for a young girl to have sex with, according to the original criminal complaint. An officer created the persona of a 14-year-old girl and responded to Prudhomme’s ad, which he replied to within minutes.
He told the "girl" he wanted to meet up at a movie theater and perform sexual acts with her under a coat in the theater so no one would notice them. After two failed attempts to meet Prudhomme, officers eventually met him on Jan. 29 at a coffee shop. Prudhomme showed up with three condoms in his jacket, and was immediately arrested by police.
Prudhomme was sentenced to 12 months in jail, and will be released for work, child care appointments, and treatment. He was fined $1,788, and will be placed on probation for five years. He is not allowed to have contact with children under 18 – except for his own children.
He also cannot use a computer connected to the Internet outside of work unless he receives permission. He cannot possess pornography, and will register with the state’s sex offender database.
If Prudhomme had been punished to the maximum degree, he could have been sentenced up to 40 years in prison and $100,000 in fines.
Prudhomme was a former resident of Menomonee Falls and lived on Elmway Drive. During the court proceedings, he moved a home on Buckingham Road in Sturtevant.