Sauk County man coerced juvenile into sexual acts with monetary offers, Sauk County authorities say

Gerald K Crary

HILLPOINT, Wis. — A Sauk County man has been charged with multiple sex crimes tied to allegations that he repeatedly coerced a female juvenile into having sexual encounters with him last year.

According to an incident report from the Sauk County Sheriff’s Office, authorities were first notified about the allegations when they received a report from the victim on March 7. The victim told officials she met a man in his 60s while walking on a rural Sauk County road. The victim reported giving the man her phone number after he told her he could offer her work.

Officials said the man started texting the victim with general conversation, but the texts quickly turned sexual. The man then sent photos of his genitals and suggested he and the victim meet up for sexual encounters, according to the report.

Over an unspecified period of time, law enforcement officials said, the suspect offered money to the victim to coerce her into having sexual encounters with him. Authorities said the suspect had sexual encounters with the victim on several occasions. He also reportedly gave money to the victim in exchange for those encounters.

Authorities said a review of texts between the victim and suspect confirmed many of the allegations. Sixty-nine-year-old Geral K Crary was later interviewed by authorities, and he admitted to several of the allegations.

Crary was arrested Wednesday and subsequently charged with child enticement, trafficking of a child, soliciting a child for prostitution, possession of child pornography, exposing a child to harmful material and sexual intercourse with a child age 16 or older.

Crary appeared in Sauk County court Friday, and a judge set a $3,000 cash bond, according to online court records. The judge also ordered as a condition of Crary’s bond that he is not allowed to have contact with the victim or any females under the age of 18, with the exception of supervised contact with his own granddaughters.

His next court appearance is scheduled for June 4 at 10 a.m.