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Update: Coach arrested for child enticement

May 17, 2012 | 10:22 AM
DELAVAN — A wrestling coach who allegedly attempted to pick up a 17-year-old in the parking lot of Phoenix Middle School is being held in the Walworth County Jail on a $15,000 cash bond.

Stephen Springsteen-Hensel, 403 W. Lawn Ave, Elkhorn, is reportedly a coach at Elkhorn's Southern Lakes Wrestling Center.

The Delavan Police Department arrested Springsteen-Hensel on May 15 at 2 p.m. after he allegedly sent a text message to the 17-year-old, who was nearly 18, asking about a sex act.

After receiving the text message, the boy went to police and a meeting was set up between the boy and Springsteen-Hensel. However, when Springsteen-Hensel arrived in the school's parking lot he was arrested.

Assistant District Attorney Haley Rea asked the judge for a high cash bond for Springsteen-Hensel because "the defendant doesn't appear to have a permanent address and moves around quite a bit."

She said Springsteen-Hensel is facing a felony charge of child enticement, which carries a maximum penalty of 25 years imprisonment. Rea said he also is facing a felony charge of attempted sexual assault by a person who works with children.

Rebecca Hammock, a public defender who appeared for bond purposes only, argued for a lower bond because Springsteen-Hensel has lived in the Elkhorn area for 24 years and has significant ties to the community. Hammock also said Springsteen-Hensel is self-employed and earned two associate degrees from the Gateway Technical College.

Judge James Carlson set the bond at $15,000 cash and ordered that he not have contact with the alleged victim or any children. He also ordered that Springsteen-Hensel not use a cell phone or a computer.

Springsteen-Hensel is next scheduled to appear in court on May 23 at 1 p.m.

In a May 16 press release, Delavan Police Chief Tim O'Neill wrote that his department was looking for anyone to come forward with more information regarding Springsteen-Hensel.

"I am asking anyone to come forward with any additional situations involving possible criminal activity with Steven Springsteen-Hensel. Please report these to your local police agency as soon as possible," Delavan Police Chief Tim O'Neill wrote in a press release.

The press release also states that more details will be released at a later date.

"I would like to praise our officers for their good work in preparing this case," O'Neill stated in the release. "I would like to thank the members of the Walworth County Sheriff's Department for their help in the arrest."


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