Baldwin man found guilty of three child sex crimes in Barron County

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Barron County (WQOW) – It took less than 45 minutes for a Barron County jury to reach a verdict in a child sex sting case.

Prosecutors say Jay Hoppe, of Baldwin, responded to an ad from a 15-year-old girl interested in meeting older men.

In March of 2018, he arranged to meet the girl for sex. Instead, he was communicating with a Rice Lake cop and was arrested at the arranged meeting spot.

Thursday, the jury found Hoppe guilty of all three counts against him, including attempted 2nd degree sexual assault of a child, using a computer to facilitate a sex crime and child enticement.

He faces a maximum penalty of more than 100 years in prison at his sentencing in July.

Stephen Kelley

Stephen Kelley

Stephen Kelley joined the News 18 team in August 2006. He is currently the Executive Producer and an Evening Anchor.

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