A St. Croix County man was jailed Wednesday, June 6, 2019, after a one-day jury trial into felony charges that include using a computer to facilitate sex with a child, according to Barron County Circuit Court documents.
Jay A. Hoppe, 36, of Baldwin, lived in Almena at the time of his arrest in March 2018, court records said.
A 12-member jury found him guilty on two other counts, including attempted second-degree sexual assault of a child and child enticement for sexual contact.
A criminal complaint filed March 20, 2018, said Hoppe responded to an ad placed by a Rice Lake police investigator on a website “that consists mostly of (individuals) looking for sexual relationships.”
The officer later received an email, allegedly from Hoppe, on a page supported by the website. Later, Hoppe allegedly agreed to send text messages to a number provided by the officer. In the texts, the officer identified herself as a girl under age 16, and sent a photo, taken when she was 18.
After arranging to meet the officer in Rice Lake on March 18, 2018, Hoppe was arrested after he drove into the Cedar Mall parking lot.
Court records said the jury deliberated about 45 minutes before returning the guilty verdicts.