Boyceville man charged with 3 felonies in Eau Claire Co. sex sting

By LeAnn R. Ralph

BOYCEVILLE  —  A 30-year-old Boyceville man has been charged with three felonies in Eau Claire County for reportedly trying to have sexual contact with a 15-year-old girl.

Brandon A. Bien made an initial appearance in Eau Claire County Circuit Court January 4 on three felony charges of using a computer to facilitate a child sex crime, child enticement and sexual assault of a child under 16 years of age.

[emember_protected] Judge Jon A. Theisen set bail with a $500 signature bond.

According to news reports, Bien allegedly contacted an Eau Claire County sheriff’s deputy who had posted an advertisement online posing as a 15-year-old girl.

A preliminary hearing in the case was scheduled for 2 p.m. January 16 in Eau Claire County Circuit Court.

According to online court records, conditions of bail are that Bien is to have no contact with anyone under the age of 18 years and is prohibited from using the Internet, Smart phones or any devices with Internet capabilities.

Using a computer to facilitate a child sex crime and sexual assault of a child under the age of 16 are both Class C felonies.

The maximum penalty for a Class C felony, upon conviction, is 40 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $100,000, with a maximum initial confinement of 25 years in prison and a maximum extended supervision of 15 years.

Child enticement is a Class D felony.

The maximum penalty for a Class D felony, upon conviction, is 25 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $100,000, with a maximum initial confinement of 15 years in prison and a maximum extended supervision of 10 years. [/emember_protected]