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19-y.o. La Crosse man nearly avoids trying to meet 14-y.o. girl, but changes his mind and gets caught

Brad Williams

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Police say a La Crosse man, accused of attempted sexual assault, nearly backed out of a meeting with someone he met online, saying he didn’t want to be on the TV show To Catch a Predator.

Jacobson

But, a criminal complaint says 19-year-old Isaac Jacobson changed his mind and was arrested last week, when he attempted to meet someone he thought was a 14-year-old girl.

Jacobson was caught during a sting operation by the Coulee Region Children’s Internet Protection Task Force.

The complaint says that during online exchanges, when Jacobson was told he was chatting with a girl who was “almost 15,” he said, “You are way too young.”

Later, Jacobson asked, “You’re not a cop, right?” but then said, “It wouldn’t matter,” if they were just “hanging out.”

When Jacobson reached the meeting site, officers found him carrying condoms.

He was asked whether he had planned to have sex, and said “Mm-hmm.”

Jacobson is charged with attempting to sexually assault a child, and using a computer to arrange a child sex crime.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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