NEW RICHMOND, Wis. — A Cridersville man has a preliminary hearing scheduled for Monday in Wisconsin, where he is charged with sexually assaulting a child.
Tyler S. Nye, 22, of Cridersville, has been charged with second-degree sexual assault of a child, a felony that carries a maximum prison sentence of 40 years.
Nye was arrested March 1 after officers in Wisconsin came across a car in a park with windows fogged over. An officer discovered Nye and a 15-year-old boy inside, undressed and underneath a blanket, according to records from the New Richmond Police Department.
Officers questioned the two and discovered Nye was from Cridersville. He drove up to Wisconsin to meet the 15-year-old boy for a sexual relationship after meeting on the Internet nearly a year earlier.
Nye made two statements to police, telling officers they both cared for each other and were in a relationship. He admitted to having sex with the teen but said the teen was the one pushing to have sex, according to police records.
Initially, Nye told an officer he was 18 and the teen was 16. He then admitted to knowing the boy’s true age while telling the officer he was 22.
Nye told the officer he understood it was in violation of the law to have sex with a 15-year-old boy but thought it was OK since he is in a relationship with the child. He told the officer he “didn’t rape him,” and that he was “not a pedophile,” according to police reports.
He also told the officer he worked at a child daycare center in Hilliard with no problems.
Nye told police he met the boy online and chatted with him that way numerous times for nearly a year. He said they met in person in the past but nothing of a sexual nature occurred.
Nye told an officer the two loved each other, and the child asked Nye to marry him.
A bond was set for Nye in which he was ordered to have no contact with the child and to not use the Internet except for education and employment purposes.