Prison time ordered for Baldwin man convicted in child sex sting

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Barron County (WQOW) — A Baldwin man, convicted by a jury in a child sex sting in June, will spend time behind bars.

Prosecutors said Jay Hoppe, 36, 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 police officer. Hoppe was arrested at the arranged meeting spot.

June 6, a 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.

Wednesday, Barron County Judge James Babler sentenced Hoppe to five years in prison followed by five years of extended supervision. He must also register as a sex offender for life.

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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