RHINELANDER - A Rhinelander man created an online female persona to meet underage girls, according to police. That persona ultimately led to Travis Marvin's arrest and accusations he arranged to meet up with who he thought was an underage girl for sex.
Prosecutors charged Marvin, 27, with two felonies in Oneida County Court on Wednesday.
According to the criminal complaint, Marvin started talking online with an undercover detective posing as a 15-year-old girl on Monday. Marvin himself was posing as a woman named "Peyta" and pushed the detective to contact Marvin directly.
Later that day, Marvin and the undercover detective began texting each other.
Marvin talked to the detective about sexual history, various sex acts he would have the teen do to him, and coordinating an encounter, despite multiple references to the detective being "15."
Tuesday, Marvin agreed to walk to the Home Depot in Rhinelander to meet up with the "teen" for sex. Officers arrested Marvin that afternoon when he got to the store.
In interviews with police after his arrest, Marvin admitted he knew it was wrong to ask a 15-year-old for sex. He also told officers he was sexually attracted to teenagers in general.
Marvin agreed to write an apology letter to the "teenager" he thought he was talking to. He wrote, "I learned my lesson from this and won't do it again."
In court Wednesday, Court Commissioner John Hogan (sitting in for Judge Patrick O'Melia) set a $20,000 cash bond. Marvin also may not have contact with anyone under the age of 18 and must live with his mother or grandmother if he posts bail.
Marvin faces up to 60 years in prison if convicted.
He marks at least the sixth Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) arrest in Oneida County since Jan. 1.