Washburn man sentenced to 40 years for child trafficking, enticement

At the time of the incident, he was on probation for child sex assault.

Douglas County Circuit Court, Superior, Wisconsin. Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram

SUPERIOR — A Washburn man who used Instagram to proposition a 14-year-old to sell him her virginity will spend 40 years in prison.

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Jeff Luckenbill
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Jeff Allen Luckenbill, 45, pleaded no contest in Douglas County Circuit Court on Jan. 31 to felony counts of trafficking of a child and child enticement, both as a persistent repeater.

Judge George Glonek on Monday, March 28, sentenced Luckenbill to 25 years in state prison and seven years of extended supervision for the trafficking charge, and 15 years in state prison and four years of extended provision for the child enticement charge, with both sentences to run consecutively. Luckenbill was ordered to have no contact with anyone under the age of 18 and no use of social media or the internet.

Using the handle @adamjohannsen1100, Luckenbill contacted the girl via Instagram and attempted to set up a sexual encounter with her, according to the criminal complaint. The girl alerted her mother to the conversation, and the mother posed as her daughter until handing the phone off to Superior Police Department Investigator Cory Hanson.

Posing as the 14-year-old, Hanson arranged a meeting with @adamjohannsen1100. The meeting fell through, but Hanson indicated the 14-year-old was walking home, the complaint said.


Through continued conversation and surveillance, officers were able to identify a suspect vehicle driven by Luckenbill. Glass fragments and parts of a smashed cell phone were found under the driver's seat, according to the complaint.

Luckenbill reportedly told a Bayfield County Sheriff's Office investigator during an interview at the Bayfield County Jail that he had set up accounts with the cellphone social media apps Instagram, Kik and Snapchat, according to the criminal complaint. He admitted that the day of his arrest he was going to Superior to meet someone he thought was 14 or 15 years old to have sex.

At the time of the incident, the Washburn man was on extended supervision for second-degree sexual assault of a child out of Douglas County. He pleaded guilty to that charge in 2006.

Luckenbill followed a similar pattern in that incident, which involved a teenage girl he met on the internet while posing as a 23-year-old man named Mike. According to the criminal complaint in that case, he arranged to meet the victim at a gas station and drove her to a secluded spot to assault her two separate times.

Felony charges of trafficking of a child and child enticement have been filed in Douglas County Circuit Court against a Washburn man who allegedly used Instagram to set up a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old.
A former Douglas County jailer will spend the next 18 months behind bars for sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl he met on the Internet. Jeff Allen Luckenbill, 30, of Washburn was sentenced Monday in Douglas County Circuit Court to 15 years in...

Maria Lockwood covers news in Douglas County, Wisconsin, for the Superior Telegram.
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