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Prison ordered for sheriff’s deputy convicted of trying to sexually assault teen in Barron County

Barron County (WQOW) – A Minnesota sheriff’s deputy caught in a sex sting in Barron County was sentenced Thursday.

Prosecutors say Jeffrey Masek exchanged over 500 text messages with an undercover officer posing as a 15 year old girl. He was arrested in April 2018 when he showed up in Rice Lake where the two arranged to meet for sex.

This past March he pleaded guilty to child enticement and attempted 2nd degree sexual assault of a child as part of a plea deal.

Today Judge J.M. Bitney sentenced Masek to eight years in prison. He’s also ordered to register as a sex offender for life.

Keith Edwards

Keith Edwards is the 5, 6 and 10 p.m. anchor at News 18.

Keith grew up in the Village of Lake Hallie, attending Chippewa Falls schools where he started pursuing his broadcasting education.

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