A Caledonia man will have the opportunity to avoid a felony conviction for trying to arrange a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl in Eau Claire.
But the person the man was communicating with was an undercover female law enforcement officer.
John L. Wilk, 20, pleaded guilty Monday in Eau Claire County Court to a felony count of attempted child enticement and misdemeanor counts of unlawful use of a computer, attempted lewd and lascivious behavior and disorderly conduct.
For the misdemeanor charges, Judge William Gabler placed Wilk on two years of probation and gave him the option of spending 30 days in jail or performing 240 hours of community service.
As conditions of probation, Wilk cannot have contact with children or use the internet unless approved by his probation agent. He must also undergo any programming, counseling or treatment recommended by his agent.
As part of a 30-month deferred agreement with prosecutors, the felony charge will be dismissed if Wilk successfully completes his probation.
According to the criminal complaint:
An Eau Claire County sheriff’s deputy, working undercover, received a response to a Craigslist ad from Wilk.
The female deputy told Wilk she was a 14-year-old girl. After conveying that information, she received a photo of male genitalia.
The deputy continued to text message with Wilk while pretending to be a 14-year-old girl.
Wilk then started to engage in sexually explicit conversation.
The deputy agreed to meet with Wilk at Mount Simon Park.
When he arrived at the prearranged meeting place on Dec. 15, Wilk was arrested. He had a condom in his wallet.
When asked if he knew why he was arrested, Wilk said, “I was going to do something that I knew I shouldn’t have.”
Wilk also said he didn’t believe “I really ever had any evil intention.”
Wilk admitted he believed he was communicating with a 14-year-old girl.
Wilk said he was ashamed of himself and admitted he had talked about “different kinds of sexual things.”
Wilk said he had planned to “make out” and “maybe do a bit more” at the planned meeting.
Wilk admitted he planned to pick up the 14-year-old girl and take her back to his apartment.
Wilk admitted he told who he thought was a a 14-year-old girl “not to tell anyone” about this.
Wilk admitted his plan was to meet with the girl while her mother was at work.
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