Closing arguments and a verdict are expected today in the trial of a 45-year-old West Allis man who is accused of multiple sex crimes against children. The charges against the man include 25 felony counts, including child enticement, use of a computer to facilitate a sex crime and sexual assault of a child.
According to court records, the charges stemmed from an incident in which the man allegedly created a Facebook group last summer for an all-girls club that he called Kittens Inc., but it's actual purpose was to entice girls into having sex with him. Authorities were reportedly alerted to the Facebook group after one of the girl's left her Facebook page open on a computer, and a concerned individual read the comments and alerted police.
During a subsequent investigation, investigators discovered that the man allegedly would meet with the girls at various establishments, such as a Kmart store or library. They would then accompany him to his room at a halfway house, where the girls would engage in sex acts with the man while he videotaped them.
Although the man reportedly admitted to the alleged sex acts, he testified in court that he was forced to video tape the encounters for an unknown group of individuals who he said had threatened to hurt one of the girls or his mother if he did not comply. He also maintained that he did not personally go to the police because he feared that no one would believe him.
Sex crimes against children can be seriously detrimental to the personal and professional life of a defendant if they are convicted. An experienced Wisconsin criminal attorney could work with a defendant to ensure they are treated fairly during the court process.
Source: Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel, "Tawdry 'Kittens Inc.' teen sex exploitation case going to jury" Bruce Vielmetti, May. 21, 2014