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Michigan man to be tried for soliciting child sex


RHINELANDER, Wis. (WSAU) -- A Michigan man was arrested in Oneida County for soliciting sex from a teenager. 25-year-old Benjamin Lahti from Ironwood, Michigan called a phone number advertised on Craigslist, and tried to arrange a meeting with the girl in Minocqua.

He told investigators he didn’t believe the girl was 15.

Lahti was arrested by an undercover Oneida County deputy during an attempt to meet the girl. Prosecutors have photos of a young girl downloaded to Lahti’s phone, and claim he sent naked photos to the supposed teenager.

The sting led to Lahti’s arrest late last year. He’s charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, using a computer to facilitate a sex crime, and child enticement.

Lahti was in court Wednesday for a motions hearing. A trial date has not been set. He remains jailed on a $10,000 cash bond.