Spooner Man Charged With Use of Computer to Facilitate Child Sex Crime

Thursday, May 18, 2017 | by Ben Dryden |


SHELL LAKE, Wis -- A Spooner man has been charged in Washburn County Circuit Court with Felony Use of a Computer to Facilitate a Child Sex Crime, and Felony Child Enticement, along with Felony Possession of Marijuana and Misdemeanor Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

According to the criminal complaint, Richard Priesgen, 26 years of age, utilized Facebook Messenger to communicate with a female who told him that she was 15 years old. The criminal complaint states that Spooner Police Department received reports that Priesgen may be sending sexually inappropriate messages to an underage female.

Officers created a fictitious Facebook account of a female who then became 'friends' on Facebook with Priesgen. On April 29, 2017, Priesgen was engaged in a Facebook messenger conversation with this 'female', in which she told Priesgen she was 15 years old. While Priesgen initially told the female she was 'so young' and that he 'could get in so much trouble for talking to' her; he quickly escalated the conversation to a sexual nature.

The criminal complaint states that in one message Priesgen sent to the female he included a photo depicting a naked male and female in 9 different sexual positions with a heading that says: “Pick 3 (3 only) put them in the order you'd want them ;-)”. Additional messages from Priesgen included the statements, “that's why I wish you were 18 already”; “I'll teach you”; and “I'd love to F**K YOU”.

The female and Priesgen ultimately agreed to meet behind the Buckhorn Bar, located in Spooner, WI. Priesgen reportedly chose that location, telling the female that they cannot be seen together in public, and that they needed to meet somewhere “secluded” and that she should not bring anyone with her. Priesgen stated he was already there waiting for her.

Spooner Police Officers went to the location at around 9 PM on April 29, 2017, and located Priesgen behind the Buckhorn Bar. He was arrested for Child Enticement. During a search of Priesgen, officers located a pouch in his coat pocket which contained a zip lock bag containing marijuana and a pipe for smoking marijuana.

The charge of Use of a Computer to Facilitate a Child Sex Crime is a Class C Felony, punishable upon conviction by maximum confinement of not more than 40 years in state prison. Child Enticement is a Class D Felony, conviction would result in maximum punishment of not more than 25 years in state prison. Felony Possession of Marijuana (2nd Offense) is a Class I Felony, punishable upon conviction by imprisonment for not more than 3 years in state prison. Conviction of Misdemeanor Possession of Drug Paraphernalia carries a maximum penalty of not more than 30 days in jail.

The Washburn County District Attorney's Office filed these charges against Priesgen with Repeat Offender Enhanced Penalties attached; the criminal complaint states the Enhanced Penalties are attached due to Priesgen having multiple prior criminal convictions and that these Enhanced Penalties could increase any sentence Priesgen may receive if convicted of these charges.

According to public record, Priesgen appeared in custody in Washburn County Circuit Court on May 15, 2017, on these charges and is scheduled to appear again on May 24, 2017.

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