JEFFERSON – A 42-year-old man from Lake Mills was ordered to serve five years in prison and three years under extended custody after he was convicted Friday of using a computer to facilitate a sex crime.
Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge Robert Dehring accepted Emmanuel McDonald’s pleading of guilt and dismissed a child seduction count.
The matter was scheduled for early February, but an agreement was reached.
On June 22, 2019, McDonald visited the Pine Cone Travel Plaza parking lot with the intent to have sex with what he believed was a 15-year-old girl, according to a criminal complaint from the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office. Instead, he met with a member of an internet-based civic group who track down people they believe are sexual predators. The group filmed McDonald and admitted that he planned to meet a 15-year-old girl for sex.
McDonald was later arrested by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department for the footage.
As a condition for extended surveillance, McDonald should undergo a psychosexual examination and follow treatment recommendations. He must receive state-required assessment, treatment, advice or therapy. He must get and maintain a full-time employment or educational program and not use online dating programs.
He must not have unsupervised contact with a child under the age of 18, participate in the registration of sex offenders and comply with the provision of DNA samples upon request.
Had McDonald been convicted in both cases, he could have faced a maximum of 65 years in prison and fines of $ 200,000.