Crime & Courts

Anchorage man sentenced for online enticement of a minor

A 58-year-old Anchorage man was sentenced Thursday to two years in prison for attempting to meet up with a teenage girl to have sex in 2016.

Martin Baumann was sentenced in Anchorage Superior Court to one count of attempted online enticement of a minor. He was arrested after an undercover Anchorage Police Department detective posed as a 14-year-old girl and began communicating with Baumann in May 2016 through a Craigslist ad he posted, assistant attorney general Thomas Aliberti said in a written statement.

Baumann exchanged 188 emails with the person he believed was a teenage girl. In those emails, he discussed his desire to help her become a "woman" and engage in sexual acts, Aliberti wrote.

Baumann acted in Cyrano's productions and at Anchorage Community Theatre plays, according to the statement. He worked at the Anchorage Golf Course and O'Malley's on the Green from 2009 until he was arrested.

Baumann was arrested in September 2016 after undercover detectives arranged a meeting between him and the fictional girl at a local business, under the guise that they were going to have sex.

Baumann was sentenced to six years in custody, with four years suspended, and five years of felony probation. He also must register as a sex offender for 15 years.

Baumann is in custody at the Anchorage Correctional Complex, online records show.


"He's served the majority of his time already," said Lance Wells, Baumann's attorney. Wells wasn't sure exactly when Baumann would be released.

"I thought that the sentence was appropriate," Wells said. "My client is accepting of the sentence and moving on."

Laurel Andrews

Laurel Andrews was a reporter for the Anchorage Daily News, Alaska Dispatch News and Alaska Dispatch. She left the ADN in October 2018.