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Rhinelander man sentenced for child enticement

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MADISON, Wis. (WAOW) – Richard M. Duellman pleaded guilty to attempting to persuade and entice a minor to engage in criminal sexual activity. On January 6, he was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison, followed by five years of supervision, by Chief U.S. District Judge James Peterson.

According to court documents:

Duellman began chatting online with an undercover detective pretending to be a 15-year-old girl in July of 2020. During those chats, Duellman gave the detective a cell phone number, and they began to send each other text messages.

That exchange went on for several hours, with the detective telling Duellman that “she” was 15 years old and Duellman saying numerous times he wanted to “get in her pants.”

He then spoke on the phone with another undercover employee, who pretending to be that same underage girl. Duellman again told said he wanted to get into her pants and also asked about having sex. The two agreed to meet, with Duellman being taking into custody shortly after arriving at the agreed upon meeting place.

After his arrest, Duellman admitted to law enforcement that the person he was speaking with told him she was 15 years old. He also said they talked about sex and birth control, before deciding to meet.

At his sentencing hearing, Duellman also admitted he intended to meet the girl to have sex with her.

The charge against Duellman was the result of an investigation conducted by the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office, Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation, and Rhinelander Police Department.

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