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Cameron woman reaches plea deal in child trafficking case

35-year-old Amanda Eyman of Cameron pleaded guilty to an amended charge of child neglect.
Amanda Eyman.
Amanda Eyman.(Barron County Sheriff's Department via WEAU)
Published: Apr. 28, 2022 at 6:06 PM CDT
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BARRON, Wis. (WEAU) - A plea agreement has been reached for a Barron County woman accused of offering a child for a man to have sex with in exchange for drugs and money.

35-year-old Amanda Eyman of Cameron pleaded guilty to an amended charge of child neglect in Barron County Circuit Court Thursday, according to online court records.

According to the criminal complaint filed with the original charge in 2021, Eyman is accused of offering a child for a man, 35-year-old Paul Osterman of Rhinelander, to have sex with in exchange for drugs and money. This attempted exchange took place through a social media app and is part of a larger investigation into Osterman.

Eyman was charged in January 2021 with trafficking of a child as a party to a crime, a Wisconsin Class C felony, according to online court records. The amended charge of child neglect for failing to provide necessary care was filed under the classification of a Class I felony. According to Wisconsin statute, the penalty section for the charge states that the natural and probable consequences of the violation would be a harm, although the harm did not actually occur since the child was not older than six when the violation occurred. The amended charge carries a lower maximum sentence and penalty. The original charge would have carried a maximum prison sentence of 40 years and a maximum fine of $100,000. The amended charge in the plea agreement carries a maximum sentence of three and a half years in prison and a maximum fine of $10,000.

Osterman is charged with trafficking of a child in Marathon County, where he is being held on a $10,000 cash and $40,000 signature bond. Osterman has the same charge in Lincoln County. Both have court dates scheduled for later this year. Osterman plead guilty earlier in April to a federal charge of sex trafficking of children and will be sentenced July 20. Osterman is not currently charged with any crimes in Barron County.

The Wisconsin Department of Justice Department of Criminal Investigation used data from Osterman’s phone and the social media app Meet Me to bring forward the charges. Investigators said Osterman used the Meet Me app to offer money in exchange for sex with young girls, according to court documents filed in U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin. Investigators said multiple people reported accounts run by Osterman using different aliases, including Brad Jones, Jarod, Jake James, Thor Jones, and Jake George. Charges in federal court were brought for a case involving a girl in Chicago, while the charge in Lincoln County was for attempting to arrange a meeting with a person he believed to be a 13-year-old girl from Minnesota for sex. The incidents took place in 2018 and 2019.

Eyman, who was released on a $1,000 signature bond in June of 2021 on conditions she not have contact with four different children without permission of their parents or guardians, is scheduled for sentencing on June 28.

correction: Details about the amended charge were incorrectly published in the initial version of the article. The corrected charge, as well as a link to the Wisconsin statute, are provided in the story. An initial publication listed the guilty plea to a charge of trafficking a child. The guilty plea was to a charge of child neglect. The link for the amended charge statute is https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/statutes/statutes/948/21/.

clarification: Context about the "wider investigation" involving Paul Osterman was added to the story, including more details about the charges Osterman is facing in Lincoln and Marathon counties as well as the federal plea agreement Osterman reached earlier this month in U.S. District Court.

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