ROCK COUNTY (WKOW) -- Authorities in Rock County have arrested a 32-year-old Beloit man for propositioning an 11-year-old girl for sex via a computer.
According to a release from the Rock County Sheriff's Office, on January 26, a 39-year old woman in Louisiana was on an internet dating website and saw a man messaging a girl that she thought was under 13. The 39-year old female created an account and posed as an 11-year old female. She engaged with the man, identified as Jonathan Lincoln in a conversation on the website. Soon, the two began texting each other. The conversation also turned to a sexual nature. The female was able to determine that Lincoln was from the Beloit, Wisconsin area through information he had sent to her.
The Louisiana woman reported the incident to her local police department and the Town of Beloit Police Department. Beloit Township police requested the assistance of the Rock County Sheriff's Office. Rock County detectives started working the case on January 27. They contacted the Louisiana State Police and a detective from that agency was assigned the case. He contacted the female complainant in Louisiana and he began posing as the 11-year old female. Lincoln was led to believe the 11-year old female was from Wisconsin. Lincoln set up a meeting with the 11-year old at the Taco Bell Restaurant on Milwaukee Road in Beloit for Thursday, February 2.
On Thursday, Rock County detectives, along with the Rock County Special Investigation Unit (SIU) and deputies, had positioned themselves in the area of the Taco Bell. At approximately 4:00 p.m., Lincoln parked in the Taco Bell parking lot. Deputies and detectives approached his car and took him into custody without incident.
Lincoln was transported to the Rock County Jail and held.
Rock County authorities obtained a search warrant for his vehicle and residence in Beloit Township. Lincoln's phone was seized during the search of his car and his computer and associated accessories were seized during the search of his house.
Lincoln is charged with use of computer to facilitate a child sex crime. He's expected to appear in Rock County Court Friday afternoon.