Kalispell Man Receives Deferred Sentence in Sex Sting Case

Brett Anthony Cislo was one of six local men arrested in August 2014 sex sting

By Justin Franz

A Kalispell man will pay a $1,000 fine after receiving a six-year deferred sentence two years after being arrested in a sex sting by the Montana Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

Brett Anthony Cislo, 49, was sentenced by District Court Judge David Ortley on Dec. 15 in Flathead County District Court, nearly nine months after he pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of felony criminal endangerment. Cislo was one of six local men arrested in an August 2014 sex sting.

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 an undercover 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 made for Cislo to meet the girl at a hotel in Kalispell. Cislo showed up to 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 slowly drove by the home multiple times before ultimately leaving and going home, according to court documents.

On Aug. 21, an ICAC agent spoke with Cislo and confronted him about the messages he sent. Cislo admitted 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 initially pleaded not guilty. In March 2016, he pleaded guilty to an amended charge of criminal endangerment.

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