The Free Press, Mankato, MN

December 7, 2012

Sleepy Eye man faces charges for soliciting sex from a child

By Fritz Busch
New Ulm Journal

NEW ULM — A 61-year-old Sleepy Eye man was charged with three counts of felony electronic solicitation of a child Wednesday in Brown County District Court.

According to the complaint, a Wisconsin Department of Justice special agent was working undercover as a 15-year-old female named "Pam," identified by the screen name "sweetwis15" in a Minnesota Yahoo online chat room when he received an instant message at 11:30 a.m., Jan. 20, 2010 from "justaguy58160," a screen name belonging to a person later identified as Jon R. Jahnke.

Telling the agent he was 32 years told, Jahnke e-mailed a photo of himself with a number of other men, wearing red vests at a formal ceremony, plus explicit photos he said were of himself and another underage female. Jahnke described sexual acts in detail and requested meeting her for sex, according to the complaint.

After terminating the chat session with Jahnke, the agent used information provided by Jahnke including his first name and part of a vehicle license number shown in an explicit photo Jahnke e-mailed, before the agent queried the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

The agent learned Jahnke owned a vehicle that matched the license plate number in a photo and Jahnke's Department of Vehicle Services (DVS) photo was similar to the person wearing a red vest in the photo sent during the chat, according to the complaint.

The agent ran a Google search for Jon Jahnke and learned he was a radio talk show host at KNUJ Radio in Sleepy Eye, according to the complaint.

The next day, the agent got an instant message from Jahnke and engaged in an electronic conversation with him posing as "sweetwis15." Jahnke stated in the conversation that he had to get back on the air, as he was working for a radio station, expressed a desire to meet "sweetwis15" and again described explicit sexual acts, according to the complaint.

Later that day, the agent contacted the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) - Internet Crimes Against Children Division and described his chats and photos received. A BCA agent requested a subpoena be sent to Yahoo! on Jahnke's e-mail address and to the IP address at Hector Communications of Sleepy Eye, MN, according to the complaint.

Ten days later, Yahoo! identified the e-mail address for John Jahnke, Sleepy Eye, MN.

On Sept. 5, 2012, a BCA special agent got an assistance request from the Brown County Sheriff's Office with an Internet Crimes Against Children investigation involving Jahnke in 2010. Meeting with a Brown County investigator, the BCA agent and investigator decided the BCA investigator would interview Jahnke, according to the complaint.

Later that day, the BCA agent interviewed Jahnke at the Brown County Law Enforcement Center (LEC). Jahnke was advised he was not under arrest and not obligated to speak with the agent.

Jahnke agreed to speak with the agent, admitting he was a former KNUJ FM Radio employee who hosted an on-air morning talk show in Sleepy Eye, had internet access at his home and at the radio station in 2010, and verified his e-mail account including an instant messaging account under the screen name "justaguy58160," according to the complaint.

Jahnke admitted to frequenting Minnesota online chat rooms over the past few years, one of which was entitled "Married but looking" and admitted to taking part in explicit conversations in the chat rooms including discussing meeting people for sexual encounters, according to the complaint.

Jahnke said he never made physical contact with anyone he met in chat rooms, but e-mailed photos of himself to people he met electronically. Jahnke said he never sent photos of his genitalia, but sent photos of other genitalia to those he discussed sexual acts with, according to the complaint.

Describing his chat room conversations as "fantasy crap," Jahnke admitted some of the chat participants told him they were juveniles, but he didn't believe the ages provided, according to the complaint.

Jahnke's Brown County District Court appearance was set for 8:30 a.m., Dec. 18, 2012.

Maximum penalty for each felony electronic solicitation of a child count is three years in prison and/or a $5,000 fine.

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