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Trial ordered for Wausau city worker in sex sting

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WAUSAU (WAOW) - The Wausau city worker who was one of five central Wisconsin men arrested in an internet sting operation that targeted adults who prey on children was ordered to stand trial Friday.

Dennis Rice, 58, of Merrill was charged in March with one felony count of using a computer to facilitate a child sex crime.

Marathon County Circuit Judge Greg Huber ordered the trial after Rice waived his right to a preliminary hearing, according to online court records.

No date was immediately set for Rice to enter a plea to the charge. His attorney, Peter Rotter, did not immediately return a telephone message Friday.

Rice works for the city of Wausau as a public works equipment director. He was placed on unpaid administrative leave after his arrest but he returned to work Monday, according to the city's Department of Human Resources.

Authorities said Rice and the others were arrested in a sting that involved police posting an ad on CraigsList.com and posing as young children in response to inquiries generated by the ad.

The Wausau Police Department and the Marathon County Sheriff's Department participated in the operation that involved several counties.

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