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Kuehl pleads guilty to child enticement

Red Wing resident and Lake City Lumber owner Spencer R. Kuehl, arrested Jan. 25 as part of a sex sting in Eau Claire, Wis., pleaded guilty to felony child enticement late afternoon Friday, April 13, in Eau Claire County Circuit Court, according to court documents.

Kuehl also was charged with attempted first-degree sexual assault of a child under age 12, a felony, which was dismissed at Friday’s hearing.

According to the criminal complaint filed Jan. 26 in Eau Claire Circuit Court:

On Jan. 15, a Craigslist ad titled “Looking for Fun” was placed by an Eau Claire police detective.

The ad indicated the subject’s girlfriend was out of town and her two daughters were “willing to play.” The same day the ad was placed, the detective received a reply from a man later identified as Kuehl stating he “would love them young” and asked for more information.

The detective informed him the girls were 8 and 11 years old, at which time Kuehl offered $200 to assault them and sent a picture of his face as well as one of him nude.

Police traced Kuehl to a workplace in Minnesota. The company — Lake City Lumber Company — has a website with employee names and pictures. Kuehl is the owner.

Arrangements were made to meet at Hobbs Ice Arena parking lot Thursday, Jan. 25. Kuehl agreed to pay $200, which he would put in a sealed envelope with “Lawn Care Service” written on the outside.

Kuehl indicated he wanted the assault to begin in the car in the parking lot and continue as they drove back to the residence.

When Kuehl arrived at the ice rink parking lot, he was taken into custody. His pants were unzipped and his belt was found in the back of the vehicle as well as an envelope with “Lawn Care Service” written on the outside, which contained more than $100.

Kuehl initially said he was there to write down the license plate number of the car and report it  before he admitted to police he was in Eau Claire to have sex with an 11-year-old girl. He also told police he found the ad, responded himself and knew their ages.

Kuehl told investigators he wasn’t sure what would have happened and the encounter “could have gone several ways.”

Minnesota court documents show Kuehl was convicted in 2012 as part of a prostitution sting in Rochester. At the time, Kuehl stated he was simply looking for conversation.

Kuehl’s sentencing hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. June 8.

John R. Russett

John Russett is a regional reporter for RiverTown Multimedia, covering a variety of issues facing RiverTown communities. Previously, he worked at the Red Wing Republican Eagle, where he reported on education as well as crime and courts. 

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