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      Online sex sting sends 17 men to jail

      An Ironwood man was one of 17 men arrested last month in Wisconsin during an online sex sting.

      The three-day sting was called Operation Black Veil.

      Twenty-four-year-old Benjamin Lahti from Ironwood was arrested in Minocqua, Wisconsin on March 12 after he posted an ad asking for sex on Craigslist. An undercover officer posing as a 15-year-old girl responded to his ad.

      Lahti sent naked pictures of himself and asked to meet the 15-year old girl for sex.

      Lahti is now facing felony charges, which include suspicion of using a computer to facilitate a child sex crime, exposing a child to harmful materials, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

      Over 100 officers from 15 agencies worked on the computer sting operation.