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Accused Child Enticer Says He Didn't Do ItSubmitted: 07/03/2012
Story By Lyndsey Stemm

RHINELANDER - The Tomahawk man accused of child enticement says he didn't do it.

It's not even time for Abel Jump to enter a plea yet, but he's telling the court he didn't participate in the illicit Facebook conversation with a 16 year old that's landed him in jail.

"My client reiterates and affirms the fact that he did not participate in any of these messages," says Mary Hogan, Jump's Defense Attorney.

Jump's attorney argued for lesser bond because his Facebook account was hacked. He claims he didn't send these messages to the girl. Assistant District Attorney Scott Moller says Jump's account was hacked days after the documented conversation. And his statements to police warrant a high bond.

"He said if the bond were not reduced that the judge would be the first person he would come after," says Detective Sergeant Shannon Murray from the Oneida County Sheriff's Department.

Judge O'Melia was troubled by the challenges of actually identifying a person online.

"It's very sketchy what occurred. I still have issues regarding the identification. That'll be an issue ultimately I guess for the trier of fact if it ever goes to trial," says Judge O'Melia.

Judge O'Melia ruled to keep bond set at $1,500. Assistant District Attorney Moller says they'll have to work around the private nature of online conversations to prosecute this case.

"It does present some technical issues we'll have to surmount. Frankly, most cases of enticement-type nature, or with a sexual nature, any type of that connotation, usually do occur in private. People don't tend to make overtures in public," says Moller.

The alleged victim's father just wants Jump off the street.

"He's a predator to all young children regardless of age at this point in time. I think if he can message a 16 year old such explicit messages on Facebook, what would he do to an eight or nine year old," says Randy Webie.

Jump is still in custody because he wasn't able to post the $1,500 bond. He'll be back in court for his preliminary hearing Thursday.

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