A Dane County man is behind bars Monday for allegedly traveling to Racine County to have a sexual encounter with a teenage boy.

Racine County Sheriff’s Deputies say during the course of an investigation centered in the City of Racine they discovered Andrew Stuttgen was engaging in a sexually explicit conversation with someone he believed to be a 15-year-old boy. When Stuttgen arrived in Racine County to meet the boy, he was taken into custody.

A search of Stuttgen’s person revealed personal lubricant and condoms, his cell phone and his wallet, according to a press release from RCSD.

During his initial appearance Monday in Racine County Circuit Court, Stuttgen was charged with three felony charges of possession of child pornography and one felony count each of second degree sexual assault of a child and using a computer to facilitate a child sex crime. If convicted, he faces 135 years in jail and/or up to $450,000 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint, Stuttgen waived his right to an attorney during questioning and admitted to placing an online ad and conversing with an underage boy. He said he did not have any pornographic photos on his phone and gave investigators permission to look through his saved photos.

Deputies say they observed three photos of children between the ages of 10 and 14 engaged in sex acts and/or naked sitting on a couch. When presented with this evidence, Stuttgen said he thought he’d deleted those images.

Stuttgen was assigned a $150,000 cash bond and ordered to not use any computers or electronic devices, to not use the internet and to not have any contact with minors. He remained in the Racine County Jail as of Monday night and will have his preliminary hearing Aug. 21.

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