Felony charges filed Tuesday against a La Crosse man accuse him of planning to meet a teenager for sex.

Kristopher Haines


Kristopher Haines, 29, on Monday engaged in a sexually explicit conversation with a La Crosse police investigator posing as a 15-year-old boy on the social media app Grindr, according to the complaint filed in La Crosse County Circuit Court.

Investigators arrested Haines when he showed up in a parking lot near his apartment at 400 Gillette St., where he planned to meet the teenager.

Haines told police that he planned to have sex with the online user only after verifying that he was an adult.

“The thought of sleeping with someone under 18 is like licking a 9-volt battery to me,” he told police.

Haines also said he planned to “warn” the teen, telling investigators, “I guess it’s better a warning from me that some creepy dude that’s 50, going to tie you up and sell you on eBay,” the complaint stated.

Prosecutors charged Haines with use of a computer to facilitate a child sex crime and attempted sexual assault of a child younger than 16.

He is free on a signature bond and cannot use the internet or have contact with anyone younger than 18.


Police and courts reporter

Anne Jungen covers law enforcement and the criminal justice system in La Crosse County. She joined the Tribune reporting staff in December 2005. You can contact her directly at ajungen@lacrossetribune.com or 608-791-8224.