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June 25, 2019

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Man accused of sending inappropriate text messages to minor
River News Staff


A 29-year-old Rhinelander man is facing a felony charge of exposing a child to harmful descriptions after he allegedly sent a series of inappropriate text messages to a teenage relative.

The River News is withholding the defendant's name to avoid also identifying the alleged victim.

According to a complaint filed April 12, a 16-year-old female contacted the Oneida County sheriff's office on March 25 to report a relative had sent her a series of text messages indicating he is interested in her sexually and wished he could see naked photos of her.

She showed the police the messages which also include replies where she tells him "you're not getting anything from me" and reminds him he has a wife.

"I know. It's a fantasy," the man texted back, according to the complaint. "That's not going to be lived out," the teen replied.

The teen told police the man has never touched her inappropriately but the messages made her uncomfortable.

The defendant is free on a $10,000 signature bond with conditions that he have no contact whatsoever with the alleged victim.

A preliminary hearing in the case was scheduled for 1:30 p.m. June 12.

The man faces up 3 1/2 years in prison if convicted.





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