Local Scuba Instructor Accused of Paying Underage Boys for Sex
A local Scuba instructor and YMCA instructor is accused of paying underage boys to have sex with him.
57-year-old Steven Sands has been charged with Use of a Computer to Facilitate a Child Sex Crime. He had his first court appearance Wednesday. Sand faces up to 40 years in prison.
Sand ordered to pay $5,000 dollars bail for the child sex crime he's charged with. The prosecution asked for Sand to be kept off the internet, but the judge said he can go online, but only for business purposes.
An underage boy came forward to police, and told them he had a sexual relationship with Sand. This boy said Sand paid him $20 each time they met up for a sexual encounter. Police worked with the boy to investigate.
A criminal complaint spells out the entire sexually explicit text message conversation between Sand and someone Sand thinks is the underage boy and a friend of the underage boy. All of the text messages are actually an undercover detective.
Here are a few of the text message exchanges:
Detective: I told him about you
Detective: He want to make some money
Sand: Oh... call me
Detective: I can't right now. Don't have minutes on my phone
Sand: So what did you tell him??
Detective: What we do when we meet
Sand: And what did he say? When did you see him? How old is he? Did you take any new pics
Detective: He thought it was cool. He 15. Saw him this weekend at weed fest on east side
Sand: So when does he want to meet up? And what exactly does he want to do?
Detective: I don't know. You want his number?
When Sand chose a time to meet the boy, police arrested him.
The Bayside man also a swim instructor with the YMCA. The organization released a statement today:
“As soon as we learned of these charges, we immediately suspended this employee without pay and have barred him from all YMCA facilities. We have offered our full cooperation to the authorities throughout their investigation. If true, these charges are abhorrent and go against all the values of our organization.” – Jack Takerian, COO
Sand also owns Sea N Sand Scuba. CBS 58 stopped by his scuba store in Thiensville. A sign on the door says they're closed for a week due to a "family emergency." When CBS 58 called the number listed, no one returned the call.
Sand will be back in court at the end of May.