Woodruff man arrested for trying to meet up with 15-year-old girl for sex weeks after probation from past sex case expiredSubmitted: 05/08/2019
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Woodruff man arrested for trying to meet up with 15-year-old girl for sex weeks after probation from past sex case expired
RHINELANDER - A man from Woodruff accused of repeatedly asking a 15-year-old girl for sex held his head in his hands during his initial appearance in Oneida County Court on Wednesday.

Bradley Hilmer, 20, could face prison if convicted of attempted sexual assault of a child and using a computer to facilitate a sex crime.  It's not the first time he's faced similar offenses.

The criminal complaint shows Hilmer contacted an undercover Oneida County Sheriff's detective online twice, starting in April.  Through internet-based services and text messages, Hilmer asked the undercover officer (who used a fake name and told Hilmer repeatedly "she" was only 15) for pictures and to participate in sex acts with him.

The two eventually agreed to meet up for sex in Minocqua on Monday night. Police arrested Hilmer when he showed up for an encounter at an area gas station. Hilmer had a backpack with condoms, lubricant, and a sex toy.

Wednesday afternoon, his attorney Mary Roth Burns hoped to get Hilmer out of jail on bond.

"Because he lives with his parents and because the court can impose conditions such as no access to computers or cell phones, we would ask for a high signature bond," Roth Burns said.

Hilmer just finished a three-year probation period from a 2015 case which led to criminal charges.

In April 2016, he pleaded no contest to sending obscene pictures and messages when he was 17. In that case, Hilmer was accused of trying to lure teenage girls into his high school's stairwells in addition to sending messages and pictures. That criminal complaint also noted HIlmer was involved in various other sexual crimes dating back to Jan. 2013 when he was a minor. Those cases were referred to social services.

In the 2019 case, Hilmer asked the undercover officer if he was being set up, adding "I don't wanna go to jail."  

After his arrest, Hilmer told detectives he was "aware meeting a 15-year-old for sexual intercourse was wrong, but felt he had a sexual addiction," according to the criminal complaint.

Wednesday, judge Michael Bloom called these new charges serious.

"The sort of conduct that is alleged has become all too frequent and at some point has to be brought to a stop," Bloom said while shaking his head.

Bloom set a $5,000 cash bond. He also ordered Hilmer to not have contact with anyone under 18 and not use the internet.

Hilmer faces a combined 60 years in prison, if convicted.

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