Three men have been charged as a result of Shawano County’s latest computer sex sting operation.
Frank M. Peak, 46, of Antigo, Andrew M. Wildt, 37, of Irma, and John M. Groenewold, 53, of Waupun, could each face a maximum 40 years in prison and $100,000 fine if convicted of using a computer to facilitate a child sex crime.
The arrests bring to 46 the number of men arrested by Shawano County authorities in online sex sting operations over the last three years.
All of the cases stemmed from Shawano County sheriff’s detectives posing online as underage girls, and sometimes boys, as part of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
They were contacted by the suspects, who exchanged texts and emails of a graphic nature and set up a sexual rendezvous with them. They were arrested when they arrived.
Wildt and Groenewold both responded to an ad placed by sheriff’s detectives on Dec. 9.
Wildt was arrested Dec. 13.