Wisconsin v. Robins

In Wisconsin v. Robins, 2002 WI 65, 253 Wis. 2d 298, 646 N.W.2d 287, the Supreme Court of Wisconsin considered whether Wisconsin's child-enticement statute could support a charge of attempt when no actual child victim was involved. Robins had engaged in sexually explicit online conversations with a person whom he had believed to be a 14-year-old boy, but who was actually an agent from the Department of Justice posing as a 14-year-old. Id. at P4. Wisconsin's child-enticement statute prohibited certain actions against a child less than 18 years of age. But unlike R.C. 2907.07, the Wisconsin child-enticement statute prohibited not only the completed act of child enticement, but attempted acts as well. 17 Id. at P25.