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Man pleads to reduced counts in sex case
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An Antigo man arrested nearly two years ago on allegations of attempted sexual assault pleaded no contest to reduced charges Friday.

A sentencing hearing has been set Nov. 26 for Rodney B. Fleischman, 46, of 1804 Clermont St. on counts of reckless endangerment of safety, a felony, and a misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct.

Fleischman was originally charged with two felony counts — attempted sexual assault of a child under the age of 16 and use of a computer to facilitate a sex crime. The amendments were made through a plea agreement reached between District Attorney Ralph Uttke and defense counsel Steven Kohn.

According to court documents, Fleischman was arrested Sept. 9, 2011 when he went to Mueller’s Lake at Polar in anticipation of meeting a 15-year-old male.

Authorities said that a week prior, an undercover sheriff’s investigator, posing as a 15-year-old boy from the Wausau area “engaged in a text message exchange of a sexual nature with the defendant, in which the 15-year-old age was stressed.”

A meeting was set up at the beach rest room between 4 and 5 p.m. on a Friday, and at 4:39 p.m., Fleischman arrived to find the law enforcement agents waiting.

According to the complaint, police first got notice that something may be amiss two years earlier when a mother reported concerns that her son was mixing with an older Antigo man and activities were suspicious.

The case heated up in April of 2011 when a father reported activities involving a friend of his son’s and messages on social Internet sites suggested a meeting at an Antigo apartment that hinted at sexual activity.


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