6/20/2019 7:28:00 AM Michigan man charged in Oneida County internet child sex sting
River News Staff
A 28-year-old Crystal Falls, Mich. man has been charged in Oneida County Circuit Court with attempting to use a computer to facilitate a child sex crime and attempted sexual assault of a child under the age of 16.
According to a criminal complaint filed June 14, Jeremy Michael Alquist was arrested in Minocqua June 12 after he attempted to meet a person he believed to be a 15-year-old female for sex.
According to the complaint, in early June, Alquist began using the handle "Ride along" to chat with a person he believed to be a 15-year-old named Kaylynn. He was actually communicating with a sheriff's deputy conducting an undercover operation, the complaint states.
"Ride along asked Kaylynn for 'pics,' and Ride along immediately began using graphic phrases to suggest sexual contact he would like to engage in with Kaylynn," the complaint continues.
The complaint also notes that "Kaylynn" stressed that she was 15, couldn't drive, didn't have a car and needed to wait for her mother to leave the house to meet up with Ride along.
"When Kaylynn asked Ride along, 'you good with 15?,' Ride along replied, 'Possibly depends on how you look.' They discussed 'where' including Ride along's car and a hotel, and Ride along asked if they could meet 'tonight.' Ride along also asked Kaylynn if she had 'STDs,' meaning sexually transmitted diseases. They arranged to meet that evening at a hotel in Minocqua, with Kaylynn directing 'don't forget protection' and asking for lime flavored White Claw alcoholic beverage," the complaint states. "Ride along agreed to text Kaylynn when he was free to leave work, and provided Kaylynn with the description of the car he would be driving as a red Malibu. As he traveled to Minocqua, Ride along provided updates via text to Kaylynn, including that he 'got a room' once in Minocqua."
Law enforcement later located Alquist at the designated meeting place sitting alone in a red Malibu with a 12-pack of White Claw lime beverage in the backseat.
When confronted by police, Alquist admitted that he had come to the parking lot to meet Kaylynn, whom he believed to be a 15-year old teenage girl. He also confirmed that he had rented a hotel room when he arrived in Minocqua and had solicited "Kaylynn" into sexual conversation.
According to online court records, Alquist made his initial appearance in Oneida County Circuit Court June 14 at which time Judge Mark A. Mangerson, sitting in for Judge Patrick O'Melia, set a $25,000 cash bond with conditions that he have no contact with anyone under the age of 18 and no use of devices that can connect to the Internet.
A preliminary hearing was set for June 24.
If convicted, Alquist faces a maximum of 60 years in prison.
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