Joshua Morrison/News Andrew Wiegand listens to testimony from Knox County Sheriff’s Detective Dan Bobo in Knox County Common Pleas Court Tuesday. Wiegand was found guilty by a jury of one count of importuning, a fifth-degree felony.

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Andrew Wiegand listens to testimony from Knox County Sheriff’s Detective Dan Bobo in Knox County Common Pleas Court Tuesday. Wiegand was found guilty by a jury of one count of importuning, a fifth-degree felony. Request this photo

 


Editor’s Note: Some details of this case may be disturbing to readers.

MOUNT VERNON — A jury trial Tuesday ended with a finding of guilt against a Thornville man caught in an internet sex sting operation.

Andrew M. Wiegand, 38, was found guilty of importuning by a jury at the close of a one-day trial in Knox County Common Pleas Court. The charge is a fifth-degree felony and carries up to 12 months in prison.

The charge stems from Aug. 11-14, 2017, when Wiegand exchanged text messages with Knox County Sheriff’s Detective Dan Bobo. Bobo was posing under the guise of a 15-year-old girl, an internet persona created for police work.

Bobo testified that he “hit” on a Craigslist ad by Wiegand, in which Wiegand said he wanted to meet “willing girls” interested in defecating in diapers. Bobo testified that he often sends a reply to ads that use phrases such as “age doesn’t matter,” which Bobo said may be a sign the person who placed the ad is targeting juveniles.

 

Nick Sabo: 740-397-5333 or nsabo@mountvernonnews.com and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews

 

 

 

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