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Wheeler man sentenced to 10 years probation, 1 year in jail for child enticement

By LeAnn R. Ralph

MENOMONIE —  A 35-year-old Wheeler man  has been found guilty in Dunn County Circuit Court on one felony count of child enticement with sexual contact and sentenced to 10 years of probation and one year in jail.

Ryan N. Kistner originally had been scheduled for a jury trial January 22 but instead entered a plea of “no contest” and was found guilty by Judge Rod Smeltzer.

Kistner initially was charged with one Class C felony count of the repeated sexual assault of a child with at least three violations of first or second degree sexual assault.

The complaint was subsequently amended to one Class D felony count of child enticement with sexual contact.

Neither Kistner’s attorney, Roger M. Hillestad, nor Dunn County District Attorney Andrea Nodolf asked for a pre-sentence investigation.

Judge Smeltzer withheld sentencing and placed Kistner on probation for 10 years, and as a condition of probation, sentenced him to one year in the county jail without work release.

According to the complaint, in December of 2012, a four-year-old child reported Kistner had touched her inappropriately.

Criminal charges were not pursued in 2012.

In April of 2015, the Department of Human Services received another report concerning the alleged victim.

During a fact-finding hearing in August of 2015, a licensed professional counselor testified the alleged victim has been consistent in her report and that they had talked about the alleged assaults during several different sessions.

According to the criminal complaint, the assaults happened between November of 2012 and April of 2015.

Kistner made an initial appearance on the charges in June of 2016 and posted a $10,000 cash bail.

At the sentencing hearing, Judge Smeltzer also ordered Kistner not to use or carry alcohol or illegal drugs. Kistner is not allowed to vote through the duration of the sentence and may not possess any firearms as well.

In addition, Judge Smeltzer ordered Kistner to register as a sex offender and to pay $518 in court costs.