UH Professor Pleads Guilty to Electronic Enticement

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- A nationally-recognized University of Hawaii professor, accused of using the internet to meet a child for sex, gives up his court fight.

Forty-three-year-old Marc Fossorier pleaded guilty to electronic enticement Thursday.

He's an award-winning electrical engineering professor at UH Manoa.

State prosecutors say Fossorier arranged a sexual meeting with a 15-year-old girl he met on-line. But the person he was communicating with was actually an undercover officer.

"This man's whole life has changed. His family's life is going to be changed, his career, his ability to earn a living. I mean, this is a serious, serious case," Victor Bakke, defense attorney, said. "And that's why I said it speaks volumes that he would actually show up and enter a plea."

Fossorier faces a mandatory minimum of one year in jail when he's sentenced in March.