Rhinelander man sentenced to prison for child sex crime
Star Journal Staff
A Rhinelander man has been sentenced to 10 years in the state prison system. Anthony C. Zoncki, 32, was convicted in July of using a computer to facilitate a child sex crime. He will spend five years behind bars and five years of extended supervision. He was arrested in October 2017.
According to law enforcement, Zoncki had been messaging someone he thought was a girl; the two had made plans to meet in the Shopko parking lot. The “girl” was actually an undercover agent with the state Department of Justice who messaged Zoncki and told him to meet her inside the store. Zoncki stayed in his vehicle and did not meet up with the agent and was arrested in the parking lot.
Court records indicate the jury twice told Judge Michael Bloom they were deadlocked and unable to reach a verdict. After getting requested clarifying information and instruction from the judge, the jury continued deliberations, returning a guilty verdict.