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Charges: Man came to Hudson for sex with child

Jeremiah L. Goetzke

A Minnesota man drove to Hudson with plans to have sex with a 15-year-old, according to charges filed last week in St. Croix County.

But instead of meeting a child, the 38-year-old man was met by authorities who had been tracking his movements after he allegedly arranged the encounter with a police officer posing as a child.

Prosecutors charged the man, Stanchfield resident Jeremiah L. Goetzke, with attempted second-degree sexual assault of a child, attempted child enticement and using a computer to facilitate a child-sex crime. Goetzke posted $5,000 cash bail on Monday, Oct.15 after making his first appearance on Friday in St. Croix County Circuit Court.

According to a criminal complaint:

A River Falls police officer launched an investigation Oct. 3 by posting an online ad that he was a "young guy lookin for older daddy." One day later a user named "Jj Jj" responded by posting his physical dimensions.

The officer, posing as "Ben," responded by telling him he was 15 years old. That prompted an exchange leading to "Jj Jj," later identified as Goetzke, describing in graphic detail how he planned to touch the boy sexually. Goetzke also sought information about the boy's physical appearance.

On Oct. 8, Goetzke re-established online communication with "Ben," asking him, "Are you still interested?" They exchanged photos and arranged a meeting place in Hudson on Oct. 11.

At one point, Goetzke indicated he was getting nervous about the meeting since the photos he got in return were all of a fully dressed person.

"I told Jj Jj that I didn't send any pictures of me without a shirt because I was only 15 and didn't want my pictures on the internet," the complaint states the officer responded. Goetzke eventually suggested "Ben" send a photo of him holding a piece of paper with the current date on it, which the officer did.

Officers, aware Goetzke drove a black Cadillac, waited for him Oct. 11 outside a Hudson business and arrested him when he arrived.

Goetzke eventually admitted to going there to meet with a 15-year-old boy for sex. He later told police that "Ben" wasn't the only child he'd been chatting with, though he said he didn't remember that person's name. Goetzke also admitted to buying a box of condoms once he arrived in Hudson.

The sting was similar to one used in September that led to another Minnesota man's arrest in Hudson. Officers in St. Croix County were trained on internet crimes against children investigation last month.

An Oct. 26 pre-trial conference was set in the case.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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