Child sex predator gets 10 years in prison

Christopher R. Kronshagen, 41, of Conroe, was sentenced to 10 years in prison

January 28, 2011 1:58:23 PM PST
Former financial advisor Christopher R. Kronshagen, 41, of Conroe, was sentenced to 10 years in prison after a Fort Bend County District Court ruled he violated the terms of his 2008 probation. In 2008, the court granted Kronshagen deferred adjudication after he was charged with solicitation of aggravated sexual assault of a child and attempted sexual performance of a child. Because the court's 2008 order deferred judgment against him, Kronshagen was not legally convicted of his criminal violations until today, when the court imposed its judgment.

Under Texas law, deferred adjudication acts like a probationary period during which defendants are not guilty if they comply with the law. However, the prosecution successfully argued that Kronshagen should be convicted of his 2006 violation because he committed additional felonies during the probationary period.

The Assistant Attorney General provided the court evidence of Kronshagen's additional alleged offenses: an aggravated sexual assault of a child case pending against him in Walker County; an online solicitation of a minor investigation that revealed Kronshagen's alleged sexual communications with a 16-year-old girl in Llano County; and two pending charges in Montgomery County for failing to comply with mandatory sex offender registration requirements.

The Texas Attorney General's Cyber Crimes Unit first arrested Kronshagen on May 26, 2006. According to Cyber Crimes Unit investigators, the defendant used the Internet to sexually solicit what he believed to be a 13-year-old girl. The intended victim's online profile actually belonged to an undercover Cyber Crimes Unit investigator.

Kronshagen plead guilty to solicitation of aggravated sexual assault of a child, a second-degree felony, and attempted sexual performance of a child, a third-degree felony. In 2008, Kronshagen was ordered to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life and was granted a 10-year deferred adjudication period.