Sting Victim

Lee Stokes

An Amery man will serve a pair of concurrent five-year prison terms in connection with felony convictions for attempted second degree sex assault of a child, and child enticement for sexual contact, according to Barron County Circuit Court documents.

Lee J. Stokes, 52, Amery, was imprisoned after a sentencing hearing Thursday, June 13, 2019.

He was one of more than a dozen defendants arrested during a series of “sex stings” last year in an investigation in which a Rice Lake police officer posed as an underage youth seeking sex on dating websites.

Charged in April 2018, Stokes allegedly made online contact with someone he thought was a 15-year-old girl, according to the criminal complaint. The complaint said that the investigator exchanged messages and photos with Stokes. The investigator allegedly sent him a photo of her when she was a teenager.

A record was kept of the online and text conversations, which gradually became more explicit. Stokes allegedly arranged to meet the “girl” outside Cumberland Middle School, where he was arrested.

Court records showed Stokes later pleaded guilty to the charges for which he was sentenced, in exchange for dismissal of another felony charge of using a computer to facilitate a child sex crime, which carries a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison.

Terms of the June 13, 2019, sentence require Stokes to serve five years extended supervision after his release. He was ordered to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life, and was banned from any contact with minor children, except for his immediate family.