FORT WALTON BEACH — A Gainesville man has been sentenced to 15 years in state prison after police say he solicited an undercover investigator posing as a mother trading her children for sex in Okaloosa County.
Kevin Andrew Petutsky, 31, plead no contest to the offenses of using a computer to solicit sexual conduct of a child, unlawful use of a two-way communication device to facilitate commission of a felony and failure to report email addresses and internet screen names as a sexual predator.
According to his arrest report, in January Petutsky contacted an Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office undercover investigator via the internet. The undercover investigator told Petutsky that she was the mother of 12-year-old and 14-year-old children and was looking to trade them for sex with other people who had children. Petutsky was "receptive" to the officer and made lewd comments about the children, according to the report.
Pictures sent during the exchange helped police positively identify Petutsky, who was living in Gainesville at the time, and a warrant was signed for his arrest. Petutsky was arrested in Marion County and sent to Okaloosa County for prosecution.
Petutsky was adjudicated guilty and Circuit Judge William Stone handed down a 15-year prison sentence followed by five years probation. He is also classified as a sexual predator in Okaloosa County.
The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office conducted the undercover investigation and arrest. Assistant State Attorney Christine Bosau was responsible for the prosecution.