Local actor sentenced for soliciting minor sex online
An Anchorage man has been sentenced for attempting to entice a 14-year-old for sex via an online personals website.
Martin Baumann, 57, was sentenced Thursday to six years with four suspended and five years of supervised felony probation. He was also ordered to register as a sex offender for 15 years. The sentence stems from a conviction on a single count of felony online enticement of a minor.
The investigation into Baumann began in May of 2016 after an Anchorage Police Department Cyber Crimes Unit detective, posing as a 14-year-old girl, began communicating with Baumann because of an ad he posted on Craigslist.
Over the next few months, more than 180 emails were exchanged between Baumann and the "girl", in which prosecutors say Baumann discussed "his desire to engage in sexual intercourse" and to "help her become a woman". Further, prosecutors say Baumann referred to the fictional minor as "little one" and stated his vehicle was "big enough for sex".
In September 2016, Baumann was taken into custody in the parking lot of Carrs at Aurora Village. Prosecutors say that's where he and the "girl" agreed to meet up for sex.
Baumann, an Anchorage actor, has appeared in Cyrano's productions and Anchorage Community Theatre plays, according to the Alaska Department of Law; he was employed at the Anchorage Golf Couse and O'Malley's on the Green from 2009 until his arrest in 2016.
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