Undercover Sex Sting Leads to Charges for Shell Lake Man

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 | by Ben Dryden |


A man from Shell Lake, WI has been charged with Child Enticement following an undercover sex sting in Barron County.

Shayne Trudelle, of Shell Lake, WI, has been charged in Barron County Circuit Court following an undercover sex sting conducted by Barron County Law Enforcement.

According to a criminal complaint filed against Trudelle, the Rice Lake Police Department initiated an undercover child enticement sex sting using Craigslist.org. Trudelle allegedly responded to an ‘ad’ of a young male. During messages exchanged with Trudelle, the male was identified as a 15-year old boy. Trudelle arranged to meet the boy in the City of Rice Lake, WI. The criminal complaint details some of the messages allegedly exchanged between Trudelle and the undercover officer in which Trudelle explicitly asked for sexual contact with the boy and explained that he did not have a problem with the boy being only 15 years old. Photographs were also exchanged, which identified Trudelle as the person sending them.

When law enforcement responded, they found a 9 mm handgun in the center console of Trudelle’s vehicle. Investigators also seized a total of nearly 3 grams of methamphetamine from Trudelle’s vehicle and person, as well as a medical syringe.

Multiple sources informed DrydenWire.com that Trudelle was also the person involved in a multi-agency search warrant on February 23, 2018, at a Shell Lake residence that resulted in the seizure of a significant quantity of suspected controlled substances and paraphernalia.

DrydenWire.com contacted Shell Lake Police Chief Dave Wilson this morning and he confirmed Trudelle was the person involved in that search warrant but declined to comment on any specifics due to being an ongoing investigation. 

Trudelle is charged with Class C Felony Use a Computer to Facilitate a Child Sex Crime, Class D Felony Child Enticement - Sexual Contact, Class I Felony Possession of Methamphetamine, and Misdemeanor Carry Concealed Weapon.  

No future court date for Trudelle is listed in online circuit court records at the time of this post.

Pursuant to the direction of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, as found in Supreme Court Rule 20:3.6, Trial Publicly, you are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.



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