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Child enticement suspect pleads not guility

Richard Whiting (Door Co. Jail)

STURGEON BAY (WLUK) – One of the men accused of child enticement in connection with a Door County teen reported missing last month pleaded not guilty Thursday.

No trial date was set for Richard Whiting, who also waived a preliminary hearing Thursday. He returns to court June 6 for a status conference, court records indicate.

Whiting, 23, and Zerie Baker, 20, each face one count of child enticement, while Baker also faces one charge of soliciting a child for prostitution in connection with the disappearance of a 17-year-old boy. He was later found, safe, in Chicago.

According to the criminal complaint, Baker and the teen chatted through a social media app on multiple occasions. The teen agreed to meet with Baker for sex and drugs. Baker picked up the teen and drove to Green Bay, where the teen, Baker and Whiting allegedly did drugs and had sexual contact with each other.

The criminal complaint only details how the teen got from Sturgeon Bay to Green Bay. He was later spotted in Oshkosh and Milwaukee before getting to Chicago, but the complaint does not explain how that happened.

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Editor’s note: Although WLUK-TV named the teen when he was missing and authorities were seeking information on his whereabouts, because he is now the victim in alleged child enticement cases, we are not naming him.

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