A South Dakota man is accused of trying to arrange a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl, who actually was an undercover Altoona police officer.

Alex M. Bawek, 28, of Worthing was charged Thursday in Eau Claire County Court with felony counts of use of a computer to facilitate a child sex crime, child enticement and attempted sexual assault of a child younger than 16.

According to the criminal complaint:

An Altoona police officer responded Tuesday to a Craigslist post from a man saying he was in Eau Claire and looking for a female or couple who wanted to have some fun. The ad indicated the man, later identified as Bawek, was 28 years old.

The officer responded to the ad, posing as a 14-year-old girl. Bawek and the undercover officer did some online chatting for a time before Bawek started to turn the conversation into a discussion about sex.

Bawek also asked the undercover officer for some sexy pictures.

After the officer sent Bawek a picture of an underage female wearing a bikini, Bawek arranged to pick her up at an apartment building near an Altoona convenience store.

A police officer contacted Bawek when he arrived at the apartment building. Bawek admitted he was there to meet an underage girl and claimed she was 16 or 17 years old. He then admitted he knew the girl was supposed to be 14 years old.

Bawek also admitted he wanted to have sexual contact with the girl.

Officers found a box of condoms in Bawek’s vehicle.

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

Contact: 715-833-9207, dan.holtz@ecpc.com