A Dubuque man was netted Friday in an Internet sting by the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office as part of the agency’s work with the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
Randall A. Herbst, 46, was arrested Friday afternoon in Low Moor, Deputy Jessup Schroeder said this morning.
Schroeder said Herbst initiated online chat conversations Thursday and Friday with an individual he believed to be a minor younger than 16 years old.
The individual was actually Schroeder, who was working undercover as part of his duties with the task force.
Herbst mentioned traveling to Low Moor to engage in sex acts with the person, and was arrested at 3 p.m. Friday at an arranged meeting place in the 200 block of Third Avenue, Schroeder said.
Herbst faces a charge of attempted enticement of a minor, an aggravated misdemeanor that carries a prison sentence of up to two years and a fine of up to $6,250.
He posted bond Friday evening and was released from the Clinton County Jail.
Schroeder said the arrest is the ninth made by the sheriff’s office and the DeWitt Police Department through the work of the two agencies with the task force.