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Racine County Sheriff deputies say a 64-year-old Elkhorn man is facing charges after he asked a 14-year-old boy to have oral sex with him Thursday at the Racine County Fair.

Robert Vorpagel was charged Friday in Racine County Circuit Court with one felony count of exposing a child to harmful descriptions and a misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct. If convicted, Vorpagel could face up to three year, nine months in jail and/or up to $11,000 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint, deputies say they were approached at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the Racine County Fair by a 14-year-old boy who said he was approached by an older man who propositioned him for oral sex.

Deputies say the boy told officers he was dropped off around 7 a.m. at the fair for Children’s Day to meet up with friends. At one point, the boy and his friends got separated so he sat down at a picnic table at the south end of the grounds.

The boy said an older man – later identified as Vorpagel – was staring at him, which made the boy uncomfortable so he got up and walked over to the rock climbing wall, the complaint reads. Vorpagel followed and attempted conversation with the boy, and even after the boy walked way, the defendant followed and continued to try and talk to the boy.

At some point, Vorpagel asked the boy if he had a girlfriend, if he’d ever engaged in oral sex with another male and if the boy would like Vorpagel to perform oral sex on him. Deputies say the boy never told the defendant his age and he planned to report the incident to authorities as soon as Vorpagel stopped following him. The boy told deputies Vorpagel never touched him, but the amount of time he was followed and the questions made him extremely nervous.

When deputies located Vorpagel based on the boy’s description, he admitted that he followed the boy and asked the teenager to engage in oral sex.

Vorpagel was assigned a $10,000 signature bond during his initial appearance Friday and ordered to not have any contact with the boy, anyone under the age of 18 and to not visit the Racine County Fairgrounds. He will next be in court Aug. 7 for his preliminary hearing.

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