Source: Lake Geneva Regional News

Complaint: Coach faces child enticement charge

by Rob Ireland

May 24, 2012

ELKHORN — An Elkhorn wrestling coach, who allegedly offered to perform oral sex on a 17-year-old boy, faces two felony counts in Walworth County Circuit Court.

Steven Springsteen-Hensel, 403 W. Lawn Ave., faces a felony charge of child enticement and attempted sexual assault of a child by a person who works or volunteers with children.

If convicted of both counts, he faces up to 28 years imprisonment and $105,000 in fines.

Click Here to read the criminal complaint (the Regional News removed the victim's initials and date of birth in an effort to protect his identity).

Springsteen-Hensel was arrested May 15 outside of the Phoenix Middle School in Delavan where he allegedly planned on picking up the child who he had coached.

Springsteen-Hensel is reportedly a coach at Southern Lakes Wrestling Center in Elkhorn. On Wednesday afternoon, appearing over a video monitor at the jail, Springsteen-Hensel made his second court appearance.

Last week Judge James Carlson posted a $15,000 cash bond, which has not been posted. He is being represented by public defender Travis Schwantes.

According to the criminal complaint:

The 17-year-old boy went to the Delavan Police Department and spoke with Det. Joaquin Alonzo. The boy told Alonzo that he is a student at the Delavan-Darien High School and he has attended the Southern Lakes Wrestling Center since June of 2011. The boy told police he believes Springsteen-Hensel owns the wrestling club.

The boy said Springsteen-Hensel sent him text messages — including “I love you” — which made him feel uncomfortable.

The boy told Alonzo that on May 7 he asked Springsteen-Hensel for a job at the wrestling center. During this conversation, Springsteen-Hensel offered to perform oral sex on the child.

On May 14, the boy gave his cell phone to Alonzo who text messaged Springsteen-Hensel. Springsteen-Hensel sent numerous text messages, which included “Maybe you are bi,” and “Maybe you should try it.”

Through the alleged victim’s phone, Alonzo set up a meeting with Springsteen-Hensel at the parking lot of Phoenix Middle School.

After police arrested Springsteen-Hensel, he admitted to sending the text messages and that he was planning to take the boy to the White River Trail to perform oral sex on him.