Oneida County judge maintains $20,000 cash bond in attempted child sex caseSubmitted: 05/24/2019
Story By Lane Kimble

Oneida County judge maintains $20,000 cash bond in attempted child sex case
RHINELANDER - A Rhinelander man accused of trying to meet up with an underage girl for sex will stay in jail for now, unable to post a cash bond Judge Patrick O'Melia kept in place on Friday.

Travis Marvin, 27, faces two felonies after he was arrested earlier this month in Oneida County.

Police say Marvin created a fake online persona to convince teenage girls to talk with him, eventually sending sexually explicit messages.  Marvin was actually talking with an undercover detective.

His attorney asked for the $20,000 cash bond to be reduced to a signature bond, with Marvin's family in court.

"They would have him under close control, a curfew, no travel," defense attorney Beth Svehlek said.

Judge O'Melia, who did not set the original bond, wasn't swayed.

"He made certain statements of having attractions to teenagers, not only by computer... and great pains, long conversations occurred here in order to facilitate this crime," O'Melia said. "I still believe there is a public safety issue, whether it's on the computer or not on the computer."

Marvin is not allowed to use the internet and must live with his mother or grandparents if he finds a way to post the $20,000 cash bond.

Marvin also waived hearing some of the evidence the state has against him in his right to a preliminary hearing on Friday.  Judge O'Melia found enough evidence exists to move the case forward.

He faces up to 60 years in prison if convicted. Marvin will enter a plea on June 10.

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