Grand jury indicts TX man who allegedly tried setting up sex with teen in EC

Madison (WQOW) – A Texas man is in custody for trying to set up sex with a teen in Eau Claire.

Robert Hosler, 26, of Austin TX  was charged with using email and text messages, to attempt to persuade a minor to engage in sexual activity in U.S. District Court in Madison on September 6.

According to the complaint, Hosler said that in August 2018, he responded to an advertisement posted on the internet which offered a 13-year-old girl for sex. The complaint says he flew from Texas to Minneapolis, rented a car and traveled to a prearranged meeting location in Eau Claire, where he was arrested by law enforcement officers on September 6.  The advertisement was posted by an undercover law enforcement officer.

Hosler made an initial appearance in federal court in Madison on September 7 and is in federal custody.  His arraignment is scheduled for September 20 in federal court in Madison.

If convicted, Hosler faces a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years and a maximum of life in federal prison on count one and a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison on count two.

Clint Berge

Clint Berge

Clint Berge is the Social Media & Digital Content Manager for Eau Claire's Own WQOW News 18. Report any website issues to him at cberge@wqow.com

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