Well at least he's not a Democrat.....www.syracuse.com/search/index.ssf?/base/news-1/1127032873240020.xml?syrnegosw
In sting, mayor of Oswego pays $250 to attempt to have sex with two girls.
Sunday, September 18, 2005
By Catie O'Toole
Oswego Mayor John Gosek paid a woman $250 in an attempt to have sex with two 15-year-olds Friday afternoon, according to an FBI affidavit.
He thought the girls were waiting for him at a hotel in Salina.
Instead, it was police who were waiting.
Gosek made numerous inquiries about the women, including their anatomies, ages, dispositions," FBI Special Agent Frederick E. Bragg wrote in the affidavit filed Saturday in U.S. District Court in Syracuse. "At times, he voices concerns about their age and (wanted to make sure) they would not get in trouble for doing this."
The FBI and state police say Gosek, 58, of 275 W. Seventh St., Oswego, used a cell phone, paid for by the city of Oswego, to persuade, induce, entice and coerce minors to engage in sexual activity. If he's found guilty, Gosek could face five to 30 years in state prison and a fine of up to $250,000.
"It's not just talk. There's a pattern of him using the cell phone and attempting to entice women," Assistant U.S. Attorney John Katko said. "Sometimes the women are adults, sometimes they're not."
In November and December 2004, state police recorded conversations between Gosek and a 14-year-old girl, whom he promised drugs in exchange for sex, according to the court papers.
The FBI joined the investigation in April, and they later got permission to put a wiretap on the city cell phone.
"Evidence gathered during the course of the wire interceptions established, among other things, that Gosek used the (cell phone) to solicit women for sex," the court papers said. "On at least one occasion he offered drugs as inducement for sex, and that he was using others to attempt to arrange for sexual encounters for him in return for money and/or drugs."
Investigators recorded several calls between Gosek and one Central New York woman who uses drugs , court papers said.
During acall between Gosek and this woman, there are substantial detailed discussions about Gosek desiring to have sex with two young, drug-using (girls), ages 14 and 17," the court papers said. The woman told Gosek he would have to pay her to set up the meeting, and that she would leave Gosek with the girls in a hotel room after introducing them, according to the affidavit.
"There were several subsequent calls between Gosek (from the city cell phone) and the woman about this. During one such call, the woman stated she was not going to keep trying to set this up for Gosek if he was going to ignore her," court papers said. Gosek assured the woman he was still interested.
Investigators questioned the woman Thursday. She admitted having the conversations, and agreed to help police. Officials would not name her or say whether she will face charges.
Friday, the woman called Gosek and told him she had rented a hotel room for the weekend. She said two "very good-looking" 15-year-olds would be with her. She also said their parents were away for the weekend.
About 3:15 p.m., Gosek used the city cell phone to call the woman to say he was leaving Oswego. They agreed to meet at a bar in North Syracuse.
The woman, wearing a digital recording device and transmitter, met Gosek about 4 p.m.
About 15 or 20 minutes later, Gosek followed the woman from the bar to the hotel. Prosecutors would not name the bar or hotel.
On the way, the woman told investigators Gosek talked about having sex with the 15-year-olds and that he had given her a "wad of cash," which investigators later said was $250, according to court papers.
Gosek was arrested as he and the woman were about to enter a door at the hotel.
He acknowledged giving the woman $250, court papers said.
Gosek spent Friday night at the Onondaga County Justice Center. Saturday, he appeared with Oswego lawyer James Eby in federal court.
Katko asked U.S. Magistrate George H. Lowe to keep Gosek in jail until his detention hearing at 2 p.m. Monday.
"Last fall he met someone he thought was 14 years old and during that meeting he asked her, 'When can you get out of study hall?' " Katko told the judge. "Our concerns are obvious and real."
Eby contended that if the judge let Gosek go home, the police know him and "he's a very public figure."
"I want tomake it clear the charges do not allege he had sexual relations with a minor. It charges he talked on a telephone about having sexual relations," Eby said. "He adamantly denies ever having sexual relations with a minor."
Lowe decided to let Gosek go home on several conditions, including that he participate in a home confinement program with electronic monitoring. Gosek is not allowed to leave his house until Monday morning unless there's a medical emergency, Lowe said. He also is prohibited from using a cell phone.