Man Who Tried to Use Facebook For Underage Sex Gets Five Years of Prison
Story By Lyndsey Stemm
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.
ANTIGO - Just a few months ago, the Moore Family was looking for a new affordable home. They filled out paperwork with the local Habitat for Humanity chapter in Langlade County and were told yes.
"We look for a number of things; we look for an identified need, and the need for housing if the current housing is not serving the family's needs," said Langlade Habitat for Humanity President Paul Grinde.
For the home to become theirs, the Moore's must put in 500 sweat-equity hours divided between themselves and volunteers. Leaders say it doesn't matter what set of skills you have, all you need to do is donate a little bit of your time.
NORTHWOODS - It seems more all-natural and specialty food stores are popping up around the Northwoods. Antigo and Three Lakes welcomed new all-natural and specialty food stores this year. And last week, Eagle River welcomed one, as well.
"We were painstaking about finding things that you cannot find at other shops here in the Eagle River area," said Homeward Bound Specialty Foods owner Patti Katz Black. She and her husband, Dave, opened their Eagle River store last week.
MOLE LAKE - Health workers often face different challenges on the Sokaogon Chippewa reservation in Mole Lake compared to elsewhere in the Northwoods.
"I think they're a little different. We have a (few) more challenges. Sometimes, for a lot of people, it's more crisis than prevention, or preventative services," said Tammy Queen, who works at the Sokaogon Chippewa Health Clinic. "A lot of times, they'll come in when something's bad instead of coming in before something gets really bad."
On Thursday, the tribe wanted to get people thinking about their health before problems occur.
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