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Hickman man accused of child enticement

Hickman man accused of child enticement


Prosecutors this week charged a 44-year-old Hickman man with child enticement.

Mark Chauza made his first court appearance on the felony charge Wednesday.

Lancaster County Sheriff Terry Wagner said a 13-year-old girl’s father reported in May that she had been getting lewd messages, photos and videos from a man on Instagram, a photo sharing app. She also had gotten several messages from him asking her to send naked photos and videos of herself.

Before reporting it to law enforcement, the father set up a fake Instagram account posing as an underage girl, exchanged messages with the same man and got a phone number, which he had in his contacts, according to an affidavit to arrest Chauza.

On Aug. 30, an investigator with the sheriff’s office posed as the girl and exchanged messages with the same Instagram user, who asked for sexually explicit photos.

Wagner said the Instagram account and phone number both tracked back to Chauza, who was arrested on Nov. 19 but since has posted bond.

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Lori Pilger is a Norfolk native and University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate who has been a public safety reporter for the Journal Star since 2005.

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