A gay San Francisco man convicted of having sex with minors he met through Craigslist has been sentenced to 10 years in state prison.
Brandon Lee Hamm, 37, who had been a volunteer pastor at Peninsula Metropolitan Community Church in San Mateo, had faced 58 felony charges after police arrested him in June but accepted a plea deal involving nine counts.
At his sentencing March 18, Hamm told San Mateo County Superior Court Judge Craig Parsons that “the root of his problem was his ‘obsession with sexual activity,’” according to the San Mateo County District Attorney’s office.
Hamm said he wanted to get help through programs, and Ryan McHugh, his attorney, asked for probation, or concurrent sentences as an alternative, the DA’s office said.
Prosecutors wanted consecutive sentencing on all counts for 10 years in state prison.
Parsons agreed with the stiffer sentence, noting, “there were multiple victims, predatory behavior, [and] voluminous counts involving extensive sexual activity,” according to the DA’s office. The judge also denied probation, despite Hamm’s lack of criminal history.
Hamm accepted a plea deal in December, pleading no contest to nine charges: three counts each of meeting with a child for the purpose of a lewd act and oral copulation with a child under 16; and one count each of possession of child pornography, sodomy on a child under 16, and sodomy on a child under 18. A no contest plea is similar to a guilty plea.
In addition to the prison sentence, Hamm, who’s been in custody since his arrest, will have lifetime sex offender registration status.
McHugh didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment today (Wednesday, March 20). Deputy District Attorney Sharon Cho prosecuted the case.