By Shereen Siewert
MADISON — The Wisconsin Supreme Court has declined to review the case of a now 28-year-old man convicted in a multi-agency child sex trafficking sting.
Shayd Mitchell, of Wausau, was arrested after investigators from several local agencies posted on Craigslist, posing as 15-year-old boys and girls. Police say Mitchell arranged to meet a person he thought was a 15-year-old boy at Wausau video store parking lot for sex. The teen was actually an undercover investigator, part of Operation Black Veil II.
The sting operation was conducted over a four-day span in September 2013. Similar stings have been conducted since the operation, which netted three arrests.
Mitchell was convicted in February 2015 after a jury found him guilty of using a computer to facilitate a sex crime and child enticement. He was sentenced to 14 years in prison followed by six years extended supervision.
In August 2018, an appeals court rejected Mitchell’s claims that evidence supporting his conviction was not sufficient. Later the same month, defense attorney Leonard Kachinsky petitioned the state’s high court for a review of the case.
Kachinsky’s request was denied this month.