Jahnke sentenced on child solicitation charge

NEW ULM – A 61-year-old Sleepy Eye man who earlier faced three counts of felony electronic solicitation of a child, received a stay of adjudication Monday for one count. The other two counts were dismissed.

Jon R. Jahnke of rural Sleepy Eye was sentenced to 45 days in the Brown County Jail, staggered sentences beginning Sept. 20, March 20, 2014 and Sept. 20, 2014. He was fined $1,500 with credit for out-of-pocket treatment and polygraph exam costs.

Jahnke was placed on three years supervised probation, monitored by the Minnesota Department of Corrections, Field Services. Successful probation completion results in a dismissal. Conditions include participation in a sex offender treatment program, individual counseling and no contact with females under age 18, unless a family member.

According to the complaint, a Wisconsin Department of Justice special agent working undercover as a 15-year-old female in a Minnesota Yahoo online chat room got an instant message on Jan. 20, 2010 from “justaguy58160,” a screen name belonging to a person identified later as Jahnke.

Text messaging the agent that he was 32 years old, Jahnke e-mailed a photo of himself with a number of other men, wearing red vests at a formal ceremony, plus explicit photos he claimed were of himself and another underage female. Jahnke described sexual acts in detail and asked to meet the girl to have sex, according to the complaint.

In an interview with a Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) Special Agent Sept. 5, 2012 at the Brown County Law Enforcement Center (LEC), Jahnke said he never made physical contact with anyone he met electronically in chat rooms, but e-mailed them photos of himself, according to the complaint.

Jahnke stated in court Monday that much of his life over the past few decades was spent taking care of his family and his wife’s family, working in a variety of low-paying jobs, and as a Sleepy Eye Hockey Association volunteer at an outdoor rink and later at the Sleepy Eye Hockey Arena.

“I did lots of volunteer work with hockey players and their parents, working on arena maintenance and hockey fund-raising events … plus the Sleepy Eye Chamber of Commerce and charity events. Why? Because that’s the person I am.”

In 1998, Jahnke began working at KNUJ Radio, doing a morning show on 107.3 FM in Sleepy Eye. He held the position for 15 years.

Jahnke currently restores old cars and trucks in his home shop.

(Fritz Busch can be e-mailed at fbusch@nujournal.com).

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