Steve Hansen of Racine is scheduled to go to trial in February for reportedly driving to Waukesha through a blizzard last winter to meet and possibly have sex with a girl Hansen believed was only 15 years old.
The jury trial is set for Feb. 21 in Waukesha County Circuit Court, according to online court records. Hansen, 31, who stands accused of using a computer to facilitate a child sex crime, is also scheduled to appear for a motion hearing on Jan. 19. Judge Lloyd Carter is presiding over the case.
Hansen could face up to 40 years in prison and $100,000 in fines, if convicted.
According to a criminal complaint, Hansen made the roughly one-hour drive from Racine to Waukesha late last December – braving the worst snow storm of the season – to have sex with a teenage girl he met through the social networking site MeetMee.
He never made it, the complaint said, because his car got stuck near Saratoga and Lexington drives here and he was arrested a short time later.
Unbeknownst to Hansen, the rendezvous was arranged by an undercover Waukesha detective, who was posing as the girl online in an attempt to catch individuals willing to travel to have sex with children.
The detective communicated with Hansen online and via a phone messaging application called Kik, according to the complaint. In those conversations, Hansen reportedly described several sex acts he wanted to perform with the girl and sent "her" pictures of his genitals.
The complaint said the detective repeatedly told Hansen that "she" was only 15 years old.
The two were supposed to meet at a local apartment complex on Dec. 28, 2015, the complaint said, but Hansen's car got stuck in the snow before he could make it. However, according to the complaint, he told the girl he planned to walk to the apartment because it was only about a mile away.
That's when police showed up. Hansen was charged the next day.
Hansen said in the complaint that despite talking about meeting and having sex with the 15-year-old online, while driving to Waukesha he thought about how it was wrong to meet her.
He reportedly told a detective – not the one who was conducting the undercover sting – while in custody that his intention was just talk to the girl. Hansen also said he didn't bring any condoms with him, despite the "girl" asking him to, because he wasn't going to have sex with her, the complaint said.
According to the complaint, Hansen said when he was near the apartment he actually turned around to go home but was eventually stopped by police.
His trial is scheduled to last one day.