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Man Who Tried to Use Facebook For Underage Sex Gets Five Years of PrisonSubmitted: 11/30/2012
Story By Lyndsey Stemm

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RHINELANDER - A sign of the times: as social media consumes more and more of people's lives, a Tomahawk man is now going to prison for inappropriate behavior on Facebook.

"He also threatened the victim and her father," says Oneida County Assistant District Attorney Scott Moller.

A seemingly dangerous man will be off the streets for half a decade. In October a jury found 23-year-old Abel Jump guilty of trying to use Facebook to get a child to have sex with him. And that's not all.

"He made threats against a judge," says Moller.

He later pleaded guilty to that. Assistant District Attorney Scott Moller says Jump lied his way through this case so thoroughly he could have faced perjury charges.

"This defendant has made it clear that after he serves his sentence the judge will be the first one he goes after," says Moller.

Defense Attorney Maggie Hogan said Jump has a problem saying things in anger he doesn't mean. She says he wouldn't have acted on his request to have sex with the child in the Facebook conversation.

"It was probably inappropriate but that's as far as it went. Mr. Jump never took any actions, nothing ever occurred. All it was was talk; dirty, nasty talk yes, but that's all," says Hogan.

Jump listened as the victim's father told the court what this has put his family through.

"You admitted to having sexual relations with other underage girls. It was said that you didn't get the chance to have it with my daughter. You're right. That's because I made every phone call that I could possibly make to get you off the streets. A damn good father will stand up for his kids. And he'll fight to the end to protect his kids and any other child out there," says the victim's father.

Judge Leon Stenz said he believes Jump would have acted on the request to have sex with the girl had he had the opportunity.

"I'm struck by the irony of it, if you will, Mr. Jump tells me that he's gone to serve the country and protect the citizens of this country. But yet he's unwilling to protect the most vulnerable of those among us," says Judge Stenz.

Jump will serve five years in prison and five on extended supervision, with an additional three years probation.

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