By EVAN REID
FLORENCE, Wis. - A Kingsford man accused of having an explicit Facebook chat with an underage girl pleaded no contest to amended charges and was sentenced to jail time in Florence County Court on Tuesday.
Bradley Sipple, 36, was originally charged with one felony count of expose a child to harmful descriptions, which carries a maximum penalty of three years in prison.
Sipple pleaded no contest to two misdemeanor counts of contributing to the delinquency of a child, per the plea agreement.
On the first count, Sipple was sentenced to serve 90 days in Florence County Jail. For the second count he received a stayed jail sentence of nine months and two years probation.
Sipple must not use or possess any electronic device with internet accessibility while he is on probation. He also must not have any contact with girls under the age of 18.
The charges against Stipple stem from a report made to the Florence County Sheriff's Department in December 2013.
The mother of a teen-aged girl informed deputies of a series of sexually explicit messages sent to her daughter's Facebook account.
According to the criminal complaint in the case, there were approximately 900 messages exchanged between Sipple and the victim. Sipple allegedly used graphic detail to explain sex acts and stated he would like to pick the victim up and "show her a good time."
When deputies made contact with Sipple, the complaint states, he admitted to making sexual comments in the Facebook chat but said he was "lead on" by the victim and denied having any intent to actually meet her.
Judge Leon D. Stenz explained that he did not place any weight on the fact that the victim responded to Sipple's messages.
"I am not going to blame the young girl," he said. "It's not her responsibility."
The victim's mother, in a statement to the court, addressed Sipple.
"You knew what you were doing, and you didn't stop," she said.
Evan Reid's e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.