Columbia County Investigators Assist In Marquette County Jailer’s Arrest For Soliciting A Minor For Sex

(Portage) A Marquette County jailer has been arrested for soliciting a minor for sex following an investigation by the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Roger Brandner says his department was requested to take over the criminal investigation after Marquette County officials wanted an outside agency to complete a fair and impartial probe.

Brandner says it was reported that Jailer Travis Bittelman was involved in internet and social media activity where he was attempting to have sex with a minor. It was allegedly detailed in a video uploaded to YouTube. Bittelman was taken into custody Tuesday and his being held at the Columbia County Jail on charges of Use of a Computer to Facilitate a Child Sex Crime.

Brandner says their case is ongoing and anyone with credible information on this crime or about Bittelman is asked to contact Detective Sergeant Mark Smit at 608-742-4166 extension 3314.