Chaska attorney charged with trying to arrange sex with 12-year-old

The 48 year old was caught in a DHS sting.
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An attorney from Chaska has been charged with sexual offenses after a sting operation by the Department of Homeland Security last week.

Mark Allen Lichtenwalter, 48, had texted with who he thought was the father of a 12 year old he was arranging to meet for sex, but was in reality an undercover agent.

When he turned up at the hotel they'd agreed to meet, authorities found him with his pants unzipped, and carrying balloons, eye makeup, glitter lip gloss, baby oil, child-size Umbro shirts and condoms.

He was one of three men caught in the sting last Wednesday, Aug. 1, the others being Dennis Larson, 62, of Wilson, and Santiago Hernandez, 33, of Minneapolis.

They have all been charged with attempting to hire an underage girl for sex.

Lichtenwalter is a licensed attorney, with the Minnesota Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility having him listed as passing the state bar in 2013.

The criminal complaint against Lichtenwalter says he responded to an ad on a social media website "known to attract individuals looking for illicit photographs and sexual services."

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Just four minutes after authorities posted the fake ad, the agent received a private message from a man referring to themselves as "Seth Bullock," that was later revealed to be Lichtenwalter.

During the conversation that ensued, Lichtenwalter allegedly described multiple sexual acts that he would like to carry out with the agent's fake 12-year-old daughter.

The lip gloss, Umbro shorts, makeup, baby oil and balloons were gifts that he bought for the girl ahead of their meeting, with the undercover agent following him into the store while he was making the purchases.

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