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Kuehl sentenced for child enticement

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. — A Red Wing man was sentenced Friday to jail time and probation after pleading guilty this spring to felony child enticement

Spencer R. Kuehl, 54, was sentenced to eight years probation and 12 months jail time, according to Eau Claire Circuit Court documents. Kuehl further is prohibited from using computers or other electronic devices as well as having unsupervised contact with minors without approval. He was ordered to provide a DNA sample and complete a sex offender assessment.

The jail time is split between six in jail and six months with work release or Huber.

A charge of attempted first-degree sexual assault of a child under age 12, a felony, was dismissed.

Kuehl, owner of the now-liquidated Lake City Lumber, was arrested Jan. 25, 2018, as part of an online sting operation. A website ad placed by Eau Claire police indicated the subject’s girlfriend was out of town and her two young daughters were “willing to play.” The same day the ad was placed, a detective received a reply from a man later identified as Kuehl stating he “would love them young” and asked for more information.

Kuehl offered $200 to assault the girls and arrangements were made to meet at a Wisconsin ice arena, where he was taken into custody.

Minnesota court documents show Kuehl was convicted in 2012 as part of a prostitution sting in Rochester.