Michigan Man Convicted of Child Enticement

Sep 19 2014
Michigan Man Convicted of Child Enticement

 

MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen has announced that Benjamin Lahti has pleaded no contest to child enticement.  Child enticement is a Class D Felony with a maximum penalty of imprisonment up to 25 years and fines not to exceed $100,000.  Oneida County Judge Michael H. Bloom ordered a presentence investigation and set the case for sentencing on December 4, 2014, at 2:00 pm.

 

On Tuesday, March 12, 2013, through Thursday, March 14, 2013, investigators from Brown and Door counties and special agents from the DOJ’s Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) -- in cooperation with other local law enforcement -- conducted a large-scale, three-day long Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Operation.  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.