Lawrence man arrested on suspicion of sexual exploitation of a child

photo by: Journal-World File Photo

In this file photo from Aug. 4, 2020, a Lawrence Police Department patrol vehicle is pictured outside the Douglas County Judicial and Law Enforcement Center.

A Lawrence man has been arrested on suspicion of a child sex crime.

Micheal D. Wycoff, 22, was arrested around 6:40 p.m. Tuesday on a probable cause warrant. According to court records, Wycoff was scheduled to be formally charged in Douglas County District Court last week, but he did not appear at the hearing.

Wycoff is facing a charge of sexual exploitation of a child, a level-three felony, according to a charging document filed in June. He is accused of coercing a 13-year-old to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of promoting a performance on Dec. 1, 2020, according to the document.

If convicted, Wycoff could face a minimum of 55 months, or 4.5 years, in prison, according to the state’s sentencing guidelines.

Lt. David Ernst of the Lawrence Police Department said Wednesday that Wycoff’s arrest was related to an LPD investigation that began in December. Noting the alleged victim in the case is a juvenile, Ernst declined to provide any additional information.

Wycoff was released from custody around 7:15 p.m. Tuesday after posting a $20,000 own recognizance bond, according to the booking log.

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