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

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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VILLAGE OF ARPIN - A deputy with six years of experience shot and killed a suspect and injured one of his fellow officers in Wood County last week.

Tuesday, the state Department of Justice released information on those who were involved.

The DOJ reports Deputy Nathan Dean shot and killed 32-year-old Logan Johnsrud during a fight June 11.

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Charlie's Market opened to customers along County Highway B in the heart of town 31 months after the last-remaining grocery store closed.

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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 06/18/2019

- Tonight on Newswatch 12:

The Oneida County Sheriff's Office is making it the number one priority to track down and arrest child sex predators. We'll talk to the captain of the sheriff's office about why they are cracking down on such predators and what steps they are planning to take to accomplish their goal.

We'll tell you how a group is trying to share a message to people across the Northwoods who live on a waterway about keeping their shorelines as natural as possible.

And after more than two years without a food market in Land O' Lakes, a new store opened up this morning to fill the gap. We'll talk to the property owner, the store manager and the store's very first customer to find out what it means to the community to finally have a food market in town.

We'll bring you this and more tonight on Newswatch 12 - news from where you live.

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