Kalispell Man Pleads Guilty in Sex Sting Case

Brett Anthony Cislo was one of a six local men arrested following an August 2014 sex sting

By Justin Franz

A Kalispell man has admitted that he sought to have sex with an underage girl in August 2014.

Brett Anthony Cislo, 49, pleaded guilty to felony criminal endangerment on March 30 in Flathead County District Court. Cislo was one of a half-dozen local men who were arrested following a sex sting by the Montana Internet Crimes Against 2014 Children Task Force.

According to court documents, an ICAC agent advertised online that there was a young girl available for sex with an older man. On Aug. 18, 2014, Cislo responded to the post and wrote that he would like to have intercourse with a 15-year-old girl.

He later texted the person arranging the meeting, who was really a law enforcement officer, and asked “How many roses for (a) half hour.” The undercover detective determined that meant money and told Cislo that it would cost $150 for 30 minutes.

Arrangements were then made for Cislo to meet the girl at a hotel in Kalispell. Cislo showed up at the hotel but later left, texting the person arranging the meeting that “God I’m scared for some reason.”

The following day, Cislo responded to a second ad promising sex with a 14-year-old girl. Arrangements were made for Cislo to come to a house in Flathead County. Cislo came to the house and drove by it slowly multiple times before ultimately leaving and going home.

On Aug. 21, an ICAC agent spoke with Cislo and confronted him about the messages he sent. Cislo then admitted that he had traveled to the hotel and house to have sex with an underage girl.

Cislo was charged with two counts of felony sexual abuse of children in April 2015. He pleaded not guilty soon after.

In March, Cislo took a deal in which he would plead guilty to felony criminal endangerment and in return the state would drop the sexual abuse charges. At Cislo’s sentencing on May 26, prosecutors will recommend a $1,000 fine and a three-year differed imposition of sentence.

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