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Judge orders 7 years prison in sexual assault of Wausau boy

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WAUSAU — A 28-year-old Green Bay man who gave a 15-year-old Wausau boy $500 and an Xbox in exchange for sex was sentenced Tuesday to seven years in prison followed by six years supervised release.

Anthony McWhorter appeared Tuesday in Marathon County Circuit Court on felony child sex assault charges. As part of a plea agreement, charges of child enticement, using a computer to facilitate a child sex crime and exposing genitals to a child were dismissed but read into the record for sentencing consideration. The case was filed in August.

Police say McWhorter became friends with the alleged victim over Snapchat, a mobile messaging app used to share photos, videos and messages. The app is especially popular with teens and young adults. Snapchat is different from other forms of texting and photo sharing because the messages disappear from the recipient’s phone after a few seconds.

After the two became friends on Snapchat, McWhorter met with the boy in person while he was staying at a Wausau hotel, court documents state.

After the boy’s grandmother contacted police, investigators interviewed McWhorter, who lied about his age but admitting sending sexually explicit photos of women to the boy, according to court filings. McWhorter denied the assault.

During Tuesday’s hearing ,Circuit Judge Jill Falstad also ordered McWhorter not to have contact with the victim, his family, or any children unless deemed appropriate by a supervising agent. In addition, McWhorter is prohibited from accessing or enrolling in any online dating sites including Snapchat, Facebook, Instagram and Grinders. He was given 199 days credit for time served while awaiting trial.

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