Merrill man headed to prison for soliciting fictitious girl online
A Merrill man who was caught in an online child sex crime sting is headed to prison.
David D. Sousek, 39, of Merrill, was sentenced Jan. 26 in Lincoln County Circuit Court to five years in prison and five years on extended supervision, after pleading no contest to a charge of using a computer to facilitate a child sex crime.
He will also be on the Wisconsin sex offender registry for the next 15 years. He is to have no contact with minors, no computer or internet access.
According to court records, Sousek initiated a chat on Dec. 30, 2014 with a covert Facebook account of a fictitious juvenile female set up by the Merrill Police Department. Based on information from the officer who was monitoring the account, Sousek believed he was chatting with a 14-year-old girl.
Over the course of the next month, Sousek made several contacts with this fictitious juvenile female, repeatedly asking her to send him pictures of herself in her underwear. He also sent photos of his genitals and requested to have sexual contact with her.
Through the Facebook account, officers arranged a meeting with Sousek on Jan. 29 and took him into custody.