Former KNUJ Radio employee, Jon Jahnke, who until recently hosted an on-air morning talk show, is facing three felony counts for electronic solicitation of a child, which carry a penalty of imprisonment for not longer than three years and/or a fine of $5,000 for each count.
The complaint was filed in Brown County Court Wednesday, Dec. 5. Jahnke's first court appearance will be Dec. 18 at 8:30 a.m. at the Brown County Courthouse in New Ulm.
According to the criminal complaint, on Jan. 20, 2010, Special Agent Vern Vandeberg of the Wisconsin Department of Justice–Division of Criminal Investigation, was working undercover as a 15-year-old female on a Minnesota Yahoo online chat room when he received an instant message from a screen name that was later identified as belonging to Jahnke.
The documents state that during the online conversation, Jahnke discussed explicit sexual acts with the undercover agent who Jahnke believed to be a 15-year-old female. The complaint goes on to say that Jahnke also sent several explicit photos and expressed a desire to "meet up" with who he believed to be the young female. He also sent two photos of a vehicle, according to documents, that investigators used to trace back to Jahnke.
After terminating the chat session with Jahnke, according to the complaint, Agent Vandeberg used the information provided by Jahnke to conduct a query that revealed Jahnke's full name and address.
According to details in the complaint on Jan. 21, 2010, Agent Vandeberg again received an instant message from Jahnke and again engaged in the electronic conversation with Jahnke, posing as the same 15-year-old girl. Jahnke went on to describe explicit sexual acts and expressed interest again in meeting who he believed was the young woman. Later that day, Agent Vandeberg also received several e-mails from Jahnke.
At that time, according to the complaint, Agent Vandeberg contacted Sgt. William Haider of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA)–Internet Crimes Against Children division and informed him of the acts taking place.
On Sept. 5, 2012, Special Agent Michael Anderson of the BCA received a communication from Investigator Leah Krenz at the Office of the Brown County Sheriff requesting assistance with an Internet Crimes Against Children investigation involving Jahnke.
According to the complaint, that same day Agent Anderson conducted an interview with Jahnke at the Brown County Law Enforcement Center. Jahnke admitted to frequenting Minnesota online chat rooms over the past several years and participating in sexually explicit conversations in those chat rooms. He also admitted to discussing meeting individuals for sexual encounters, saying, however, that he never made physical contact with anyone he met in chat rooms. Jahnke also admitted to sending pictures of himself to people he met in chat rooms.
For the past 15 years, Jahnke was employed by KNUJ Radio and had been the voice behind the "Morning Mess" show held weekday mornings.
Page 2 of 2 - In August 2012, Jahnke resigned from his position at KNUJ.