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Rhinelander man indicted for child sex crimes

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RHINELANDER, Wis. (WAOW) - A federal grand jury returned a three-count indictment against a Rhinelander man accused of engaging in child sex trafficking.

According to a release from the US Department of Justice, Paul S. Osterman tried to use the social media app MeetMe to solicit a 13-year-old Illinois girl for sex, even going so far as to travel to Illinois to find her.

Two of the counts Osterman was indicted on carry a maximum sentence of life in prison, while the third carries a maximum of 30 years.

The investigation into Osterman began last year, with help from the Oneida County Sheriff's Department and the Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce.

Correction: A previous version of this article said the grand jury returned a guilty charge against Osterman. Grand juries do not issue verdicts; they determine if enough evidence is available for a person to be charged with a crime. WAOW regrets the error.

Mason Dowling

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