Over the last few months this blog has emphasized the seriousness with which the state of Wisconsin treats sex offenses, and in particular the sexual assault of minors.
A Milwaukee man was sentenced to the state-mandated five years in prison after being targeted by an internet sex sting operation. The 59-year-old man, who was originally charged in February, pled guilty in May to allegations of using a computer to organize an Internet sex crime. According to court documentation, the Internet solicitation began just over a year ago.
The accusation of possessing child pornography is treated very seriously in Wisconsin. For individuals convicted of a prior sex charge, the allegation can be even more grave. In fact, anyone convicted of a sexually related crime for the second time may face life in prison. Additionally, an individual who has committed a sexual offense involving a minor may face a sentence that's even more harsh. These circumstances apply directly to a Wisconsin Rapids man who is currently facing possible indictment for internet sex crimes and the sexual exploitation of a child.
The state of Wisconsin maintains that any person who possesses images of children engaged in sexual activity has committed a crime. The sexual exploitation of a child through the possession of child pornography is considered a Class I felony. A 28-year-old Appleton, Wisconsin man will learn firsthand how serious accusations of this nature are following his recent arrest in Outagamie County.