Kerrigan gets 10 years
Clintonville man convicted of child enticement
Judge Vicki Clussman sentenced Elijah Kerrigan, 36, Clintonville, to 10 years in prison.
Kerrigan appeared in Waupaca County Circuit Court on Monday, Oct. 7.
He was convicted of child enticement with sexual contact, possession of child pornography and delivery of methamphetamine to a minor.
Nine other counts, including kidnapping by deceit, child sexual exploitation and second-degree sexual assault of a child, were dismissed but read into the court record.
Investigators find missing girl
On Jan. 8, state and federal agents met with Shawano police to help locate a missing 15-year-old girl.
The girl had been missing since Dec. 31.
On Jan. 8, her mother received a text message saying the girl would die unless she paid a $2,500 ransom.
The girl’s friends told investigators that she was with an older man named Kerrigan.
They also learned Clintonville police responded to a call on Jan. 7 about the odor of marijuana coming from a room at the Landmark Motel .
The room was registered to Kerrigan, and the police had been unable to make contact with the occupants.
On Jan. 8, special agents with the FBI and the state Division of Criminal Investigations went to the Landmark, arrested Kerrigan and found the girl hiding under the bed.
They also reported finding meth, marijuana, a glass pipe and three debit cards with names other than Kerrigan’s.
The girl told investigators Kerrigan had always been a father figure to her.
She said Kerrigan provided her with meth and marijuana because they helped with her anxiety.
The girl said she and Kerrigan had sex, according to the complaint.
Investigators reported finding a cellphone with video of Kerrigan and the girl engaged in a sex act.
In addition to 10 years in prison, Kerrigan will spend eight years on extended supervision.
Clussman ordered Kerrigan to register as a sex offender, have no contact with the victim or her family after his release, and have no contact with anyone under the age of 18 without prior approval from his agent.
She prohibited Kerrigan from going to any location frequented by minor children without prior agent approval and unless accompanied by a sober adult chaperone approved by the agent.
He also cannot create, maintain or be on any social media websites.
Clussman gave Kerrigan 272 days credit on his prison term for the time he spent in custody on a $50,000 cash bond.