Ex-Phoenix police officer accused of gay sex with minor makes stunning admission

May 20th, 2015 by Staff

The former police detective is awaiting trial on a variety of sex-related charges.


(KPHO.COM) PHOENIX, Ariz. – Christopher J. Wilson was at one time a high-profile Phoenix police detective. He is now behind bars since his arrest three years ago, accused of having sex with two teenage boys. And what he has to say about the charges might be shocking.

In an exclusive jail house interview with CBS 5 News, Wilson expressed remorse for his actions but also justified them by claiming he thought a 17-year-old victim was emancipated and believed a 14-year-old victim to be 18. Wilson is still awaiting trial.

“At the time, that person was supposed to be over 18. He wasn’t supposed to be 14. Did I intentionally go out and seek a person that was 14 years old? No I didn’t,” Wilson said.

Police arrested Wilson in August 2012 after investigators learned of an alleged three-way sexual encounter between Wilson and the underage boys.

Wilson was on the Community Relations Squad and was the appointed outreach officer to the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual and Transgender community. His arrest shattered the trust of the LGBT community and shed a negative light on the Phoenix Police Department.

Victim wants to tell his side of story

For nearly three years CBS 5 News has protected the identity of Wilson’s victims. But now we are naming the older victim, Caleb Laieski, because he, too, wants to tell the story from his perspective. Laieski is now 20 and lives in Washington, DC.
“My opinion has always been the same. I’m a victim in the situation and I’ve been a victim. I was a kid,” Laieski said.

At 17, Laieski was an openly gay teen who had been thrust into the spotlight for his activism on anti-bullying issues. He was recognized by President Barack Obama at the White House for his efforts and was eventually appointed as the Youth and Diversity Liaison in Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton’s office.

The mutual ties and work efforts in the LGBT community resulted in Wilson and Laieski sparking a friendship.

“When I was appointed to the mayor’s office (Wilson) would frequently come up to the mayor’s office and visit me. I considered him somebody that I looked up to,” Laieski said.

Wilson admits he helped Laieski who, at 17, was living alone in a downtown Phoenix apartment. Wilson said he did it to help a teen trying to make his own way in the world.

“Did I buy him some suits out of kindness? Yeah. The reason why I did that is because he had one suit that he wore in the mayor’s office,” Wilson said. “So what I did, out of the kindness of my heart, was took him to Burlington Coat Factory. Not to Bloomingdale’s or Macy’s or anything, and I got him three $65 suits so he could at least feel good at work. He wore one suit, one shirt, one tie, every single day. Members of the community were starting to notice.”

Laieski said Wilson also gave him a ride to the dentist once and arranged for him to go on a police ride-a-long with an on-duty patrol officer because he knew Laieski was interested public safety.

Relationship mainly professional, friendly

Both men agree their relationship was mainly professional and somewhat friendly.

At one point, during one of their interactions at Wilson’s home, Laieski said Wilson made sexual advances toward him and sexual contact did occur.

Some of Wilson’s 10 charges stem from that encounter. But the most serious charges stem from an encounter Wilson had with Laieski and another teen. That second boy was a friend and sometimes sexual partner of Laieski’s.

The three-way sexual encounter took place at Laieski’s apartment.

Wilson contends that at the time he did not know the younger teen was only 14. He said the teen showed him his account on a gay hook-up website that requires you to be 18 years old.

He also said that on the teen’s account was an explicit description of what type of sex the male was looking for.

Wilson says he did not learn the younger teen’s age until the encounter was over and the three of them got dressed.

“I re-live it every day. Every minute in that cell I re-live everything,” Wilson said. “There’s not much to do in a cell. All I do is pace back and forth all day and think about what occurred, what happened. Was it right of him to lie about his age? No, it wasn’t. So, I definitely think about it every day.”

A damning admission

But shortly after his arrest, while being questioned by investigators, Wilson made a damning admission saying, “I knew he was younger. I thought he was 15, 16.”

Laieski also said Wilson knew the age of the younger teen. He also said he believes Wilson groomed him, bought him things and was kind to him in order to have sexual encounters with him.

Wilson flat out denied that.

“Groomed him? No. Am I the only one who gave him things from the gay community? No. There were lots of people who gave him things. You’ve got to remember, he had his own apartment, OK? A 17-year-old had his own apartment,” Wilson said.

In turn, Laieski denies he ever told Wilson he was emancipated.

“I did not, no. It was very clear that I was a 17-year-old kid,” Laieski said.

In a strange twist, when Laieski turned 18, he went from being a sex crimes victim to simultaneously being a sex crimes suspect.

A grand jury indicted Laieski on 13 counts of sexual conduct with a minor for his sexual encounters with the same 14-year-old prior to the incident with Wilson and including the incident that included all three.

He entered into a plea agreement which resulted in two years’ probation and counseling.

“I did take a plea. And the reason was just because of my health condition that I’ve had going on unfortunately because of the incident. The stress that has been going on. And I can’t do this for another four years. I was a victim and I’m not going to keep being victimized by the state. So, I did take a plea,” Laieski said.

Wilson believes he’s unfairly treated

Wilson said he believes he is being unfairly treated by the system. Wilson has been offered a plea deal of 27 years in prison for the crimes. Wilson believes it’s because he was a cop and an openly gay man in the department.

“Being out and gay on the department is not as easy as everyone thinks it is,” Wilson said. “Was I harassed? Was I told by supervisors I should quit because there’s not room for fags on the department? Yeah! I’ve been told that by supervisors quite a few times in a locker room. I was told that I need to quit because, ‘You’re going to give someone AIDS because all gay people have AIDS.’ It’s like, really,” Wilson said.

Laieski said he’s been receiving counseling but he is still working through all the issues surrounding the whole ordeal.

“I’ve had time to process it with my doctor and counselors and things like that and I just … It’s an unfortunate situation that should never have occurred. I still, unfortunately, haven’t completely come to grasp everything,” Laieski said.
Laieski works as a dispatcher for the Arlington, VA, Police Department and said he hopes to someday enter politics. 

When asked directly if Laieski believes Wilson is a pedophile and predator, he unwaveringly responds, “Yes.”

Wilson adamantly denies that accusation.

Wilson: ‘I’m not a monster’

“I’m not a monster like everyone’s painting me out to be. You know, I’m not a predator. I’m not a pedophile. I didn’t go out and seek a 14-year-old,” Wilson said.

Wilson said if he had a chance to address both of young men he would say he was sorry. He also expressed remorse for the black eye his actions and arrest caused to the police department and to the LGBT community in the greater Phoenix area.

“I wanted to die sitting in that shower that night after the incident,” Wilson said. “It wasn’t intentional. I didn’t mean to hurt a child. I didn’t mean to go after someone that young, but he lied about his age. I’m definitely sorry to everybody.”

Wilson is expected in court next week for a settlement conference. But there’s no guarantee the case will get settled. It could go to trial.


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