Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen has announced that Benjamin Lahti has been sentenced for child enticement.
MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen has announced that Benjamin Lahti has been sentenced for child enticement. Oneida County Judge Michael H. Bloom placed Lahti on 5 years probation. As a condition of that probation Lahti is to serve 1 year in jail, register as a sex offender, undergo treatment, provide a DNA sample, maintain employment and pay all court costs. Lahti pleaded no contest to the charge of child enticement on September 19, 2014.
According to the complaint, on March 12, 2013, Benjamin Lahti of Ironwood Michigan posted an ad looking for a sexual encounter. Undercover officers responded to Lahti’s ad, posing as a 15-year-old girl. According to the complaint, Lahti sent sexually explicit messages and a graphic photo to the girl. Lahti traveled more than an hour, from Michigan to Minocqua, where instead of meeting a child, he was arrested.
Assistant Attorney General Karie D. Cattanach is representing the State. This complex investigation was conducted by the Door County Sheriff’s Department, Minocqua Police Department, Oneida and Price County Sheriff’s Departments and the Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) of the Wisconsin Department of Justice.