An Endeavor man faces multiple felony counts for allegedly having sexually explicit conversations with a teenager on Facebook.

The criminal complaint that Sauk County prosecutors filed last week details eight instances between June and October in which 42-year-old John E. Henning allegedly sent inappropriate messages to a 15-year-old girl through the social networking site.

The girl’s mother told authorities she tightly controlled her daughter’s phone and computer use at home, but this fall discovered that her daughter had a Facebook account that she used when visiting a Sauk City home. That’s when the mother discovered the chats between her daughter and Henning, and provided copies to police.

During one of the first chats, Henning asks the girl how old she is, and the girl replies that she is 15 ½, according to transcripts contained in the criminal complaint. Court documents also contain portions of transcripts from subsequent chats, in which Henning allegedly made sexual advances toward – and requested explicit photos from – the girl.

Sauk Prairie police officers later spoke to Henning, and identified him as the same person as in the Facebook profile that had explicit conversations with the girl.

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“Henning admitted having sexual conversations with (the girl) and admitted knowing she was about 16 years old,” officers reported.

The girl allegedly told officers she chatted with Henning “because she wanted attention and was curious.”

Henning faces eight felony counts of exposing a child to harmful descriptions, a charge that carries a maximum penalty of more than three years in prison and $10,000 in fines.

Earlier this month, Marquette County prosecutors charged Henning with possession of child pornography and child enticement. He was released on a $500 cash bond in that case.

Baraboo News Republic reporter

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