TUCSON -- Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced a State Grand Jury indicted Patrick Michael Winkler in a sexual exploitation of children case. The indictment includes ten counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor, four counts of Luring a Minor for Sexual Exploitation, three counts of Unlawful Age Misrepresentation, and one count of Failure to Register as a Sex Offender.
The indictment alleges Winkler possessed videos and still images of child pornography on his cellphone during the time period of November 2017 through March of 2018. Investigators say during the same time period, Winkler, through the use of the cell phone application “Whisper,” attempted to lure minors for sexual exploitation during electronic chats and knowingly misrepresented his age during the chats for the purpose of committing a sexual offense. Additionally, the indictment alleges Winkler, a registered sex offender, failed to comply with sex offender registration requirements.
This matter was investigated by the Tucson Police Department.
Assistant Attorneys General Jared Kreamer-Hope and Rachel Heintz are prosecuting the case.
All defendants are presumed innocent until convicted in a court of law.
Below is the booking photograph for Winkler.