Use of a social media app led to the arrest of a Beaver Dam man for allegedly attempting to facilitate underage sex in Ripon.

   Andrew N. Twardokus, 19, was charged March 29 in Fond du Lac County Circuit Court with use of a computer to facilitate a child sex crime, attempting sexual assault of a child under 16 years of age and two counts of exposing a child to harmful material.

   According to the criminal complaint, Twardokus believed he was communicating with a 13-year-old girl through a popular social media app, but in actuality he was exchanging messages with a Ripon officer.

   After allegedly sending sexually explicit messages and sexually graphic images through the app over the course of a few days, police stated that he arranged a meeting time and place with the officer, still thinking he was in contact with a 13 year old.

   Ripon Police Capt. Bill Wallner described the conversation on the app as quickly moving “right to what [the defendant’s] purpose was: trawling for young girls to have sex with.”

   Wallner stated that when Twardokus arrived at the location and officers arrested him, they found a condom in his pocket and an AR-15-style rifle in his vehicle.

   “Andrew stated that he never intended to have sex with the female but was only going to talk to her,” the complaint reads.

Read the full story in the April 6, 2017 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.