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La Crosse, Onalaska men arrested in online sex sting

La Crosse, Onalaska men arrested in...

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - The Coulee Region Children's Internet Protection Task Force announced Thursday the arrest of two alleged child sex predators. 

Following an undercover investigation, the two men were arrested Wednesday for sex crimes and attempted sexual assault of a child, a press released said.

According to the La Crosse County Sheriff's department, Michael Connelly, 55, of Onalaska and Robert Mattingly, 42, of La Crosse were arrested for the use of a computer to facilitate a child sex crime and attempted sexual assault of a child.

Coulee Region Children's Internet Protection Task Force, as a participant of Operation New Hope, which was a weeklong operation focused on child exploitation and online crimes in Wisconsin, conducted the investigation on May 31.

Both men will appear in court today.

Holmen, La Crosse, Onalaska and Shelby police assisted in the operation.


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