A Superior man facing child enticement and child pornography charges waived his preliminary hearing Oct. 6 in Douglas County Circuit Court.

Bryce Joseph Petrovich, 20, faces felony counts of use of a computer to facilitate a child sex crime, child enticement, failure to register as a sex offender and four counts of possession of child pornography. A $25,000 cash bond was set for Petrovich, and he was ordered to have no contact with any minor and no use of computers unless needed to contact his attorney.

It was reported in August that Petrovich was communicating with a 15-year-old girl and trying to meet with her, a violation of his probation conditions. He told Superior Police Sergeant Greg Swanson that he met the victim at an event in Duluth and that they talked online for about a month. He said he did not know how old she was initially and that they had sexual conversations and talked about meeting up and having sex. Petrovich admitted giving her his address.

The Superior man’s phone was searched and officers found social media and text messages between the victim and Petrovich, including lewd pictures he sent to the victim. Even after the teen’s message mentioned her age, Petrovich reportedly asked if they could get together the next day.

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Bryce Petrovich
Bryce Petrovich

Swanson also found 700 messages between Petrovich and a teen female who identified herself as 14 years old. She sent him several naked and sexually graphic photos of herself and four images of child pornography, according to the criminal complaint. Petrovich told Swanson he did not request the pictures. The Superior man modified the images by putting numbers on them guessing the age of the child and sent them back to the teen. He also sent lewd pictures to the 14-year-old.

The day Petrovich made his initial appearance, Oct. 1, his probation was revoked in a separate Douglas County case and he was sentenced to one year in jail concurrent for failing to update his sex offender information for a second or subsequent time, using a different name and failure to notify a school of his sex offender status.

Use of a computer to facilitate a child sex crime, a class C felony, carries a maximum penalty of 40 years imprisonment and a fine of up to $100,000. Child enticement and child pornography, class D felonies, each carry a maximum penalty of 25 years imprisonment and a fine of up to $100,000. Failure to register as a sex offender is punishable by up to six year of imprisonment and a maximum fine of $10,000.

Petrovich’s next court appearance was set for Nov. 22.