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Man accused of trying to have sex with minor

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An Eau Claire man is accused of attempting to arrange a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl.

The “girl” the man was communicating with was a male undercover police officer, authorities said.

Luis A. Guevara, 27, 609 Mead St., was charged Friday in Eau Claire County Court with felony counts of using a computer to facilitate a child sex crime, attempted sexual assault of a child under age 16 and child enticement.

Guevara is free on a $5,000 signature bond, which prohibits him from using internet chat sites and having unsupervised contact with girls.

Guevara returns to court Sept. 27.

According to the criminal complaint:

An Altoona police officer posing as a 14-year-old girl responded Wednesday to an online post on a social networking service.

The poster was identified as Guevara, who said he was 27 years old and they could have adult fun in the bedroom. He said he would bring condoms.

Guevara and the officer posing as the girl agreed to meet at Devney Park in Altoona.

Police officers took Guevara into custody and seized his phone when he arrived at the park.

There was an unopened condom in a storage area in the center of the dash of Guevara’s vehicle.

Guevara denied intending to have sex with a 14-year-old girl.

Guevara claimed he was going to walk the girl through having sex but wasn’t going to have sexual contact with her.

When the officer presented messages Guevara sent, which indicated Guevara was interested in having sexual contact with the girl, Guevara confirmed he sent those messages.

If convicted of the three charges, Guevara could be sentenced to up to 65 years in prison.

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