VILLAGE OF HARTLAND — A Greenfield man is facing up to 40 years in prison for allegedly having sex with a 13-year-old Hartland girl in the parking lot of Arrowhead High School.
Samuel S. Solum, 25, was charged Thursday, March 16, with two counts of using a computer to facilitate child sex crimes and two counts of sexual assault of a child younger than 16, according to a criminal complaint filed in Waukesha County Circuit Court. Each charge is a felony and punishable by up to 40 years in prison.
The girl told police Solum choked her and was violent during two sexual encounters that occurred in August at or near Arrowhead High School, the complaint said. Solum told police the girl misled him about her age.
Waukesha County Sheriff's Department deputies were called to Waukesha Memorial Hospital on Aug. 28 because the victim was making threats to harm herself. The girl told deputies she had been sexually assaulted the night before in the Arrowhead High School parking lot, according to the complaint.
After speaking with the girl's parents, deputies learned the girl had communicated with a man through phone calls and text messages. Deputies found the phone number and traced it to Solum's Facebook account and his address in Greenfield, the complaint said.
In early September, deputies learned Solum was in the Milwaukee County jail for using a computer to facilitate a child sex crime after he was arrested in a sting operation involving undercover officers working for the Wisconsin Department of Justice, the complaint said. The undercover officer was posing as a child, and Solum allegedly attempted to meet and have sex with what he thought was a child, according to the complaint.
During an interview with Waukesha County detectives, Solum admitted to engaging in sexual activity with the girl, the complaint said. Solum admitted to engaging in oral sex, but he said vaginal penetration did not occur, according to the complaint.
Solum told police the girl said she was 14 after their second sexual encounter, the complaint said. He believed she was 20, based on her profile on the dating website Badoo, which listed her as 20, he told police.
In a Sept. 19 interview with police, the victim told police the two had sex twice: once in the man's car in the parking lot of the school and a second time in the woods near the school. She said both times, the man was violent, and the sex involved him choking her, the complaint said.
Solumn's next court date has not yet been scheduled.