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Wisconsin arrests alleged Internet predators

March 18, 2013
The Daily News

MADISON, Wis. - An online investigation by state and local authorities in northeastern Wisconsin has resulted in 17 arrests for crimes against children.

The Brown County and Door County sheriffs led the investigation with assistance from the state Division of Criminal Investigation and 12 other law enforcement agencies. Authorities say the investigation targeted online predators who solicit children for sex crimes.

The three-day investigation was conducted last week.

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen, Brown County Sheriff John R. Gossage and Door County Sheriff Terry J. Vogel announced that beginning Tuesday, March 12, through Thursday, March 14, investigators from Brown and Door counties and special agents from the DOJ's Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) - in cooperation with other local law enforcement - conducted a large-scale Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Operation.

The ICAC operation, known as Operation Black Veil, was the result of a proactive, online investigation relating to the exploitation of children through the use of online personal advertisements, specifically targeting online predators who solicit children for the purpose of engaging in sexually explicit conduct.

Below is a list provided by the attorney general's office of arrested individuals and charges resulting from the operation:

Charles Zimmerman (DOB 3/19/1976), Arrested 3/12/2013 in Madison, Charged with Trafficking of a Child.

Timothy M. Marking (DOB 7/15/1963), Arrested 3/12/2013 in Madison, Charged with Trafficking of a Child and Child Enticement.

Matthew J. Micksch (DOB 7/17/1986), Arrested 3/12/2013 in Green Bay, Charged with Child Enticement.

Benjamin W. Lahti (DOB 5/4/1988), Arrested 3/12/2013 in Minocqua, Charged with Use of a Computer to Facilitate a Child Sex Crime, Exposing a Child to Harmful Materials and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Marc S. Marion (DOB 7/13/1958), Arrested 3/13/2013 in Madison, Charged with Use of a Computer to Facilitate a Child Sex Crime.

Jeremy W. Stegall (DOB 1/14/1984), Arrested 3/13/2013 in Madison, Charged with Use of a Computer to Facilitate a Child Sex Crime.

Douglas Crueger (DOB 6/5/1968), Arrested 3/13/2013 in Madison, Tentatively Charged with Solicitation of a Prostitute.

William C. Ward (DOB 5/28/1985), Arrested 3/13/2012 in Green Bay, Charged with Trafficking of a Child.

Phillip Waller (DOB 8/10/1976), Arrested 3/13/2013 in Wausau, Charged with Use of a Computer to Facilitate a Child Sex Crime.

Craig R. Nelson (DOB 10/30/1978), Arrested 3/13/2013 in Green Bay, Charged with Trafficking of a Child, Possession of THC and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Joshua J. Fumelle (DOB 3/21/1989), Arrested 3/13/2013 in Green Bay, Charged with Use of a Computer to Facilitate a Child Sex Crime and Child Enticement.

Daniel W. Moctezuma (DOB 2/25/1974), Arrested 3/14/2013 in Kenosha, Charged with Use of a Computer to Facilitate a Child Sex Crime, Child Enticement and Second Degree Sexual Assault of Child.

Mark A. Randall (DOB 11/20/1970), Arrested 3/14/2013 in Appleton, Charged with Trafficking of a Child, Child Enticement and Resisting or Obstructing an Officer.

Timothy J. Belz (DOB 9/5/1994), Arrested 3/14/2013 in Madison, Tentatively Charged with Use of a Computer to Facilitate a Child Sex Crime and Solicitation of a Prostitute.

Ryan D. Gleason (DOB 10/24/1991), Arrested 3/14/2013 in Green Bay, Tentatively Charged with Use of a Computer to Facilitate a Child Sex Crime.

Jeffery D. Vadnais-Speck (DOB 10/16/1985), Arrested 3/14/2013 in Shawano, Charged with Use of a Computer to Facilitate a Child Sex Crime.

Michael R. Wenzel (DOB 12/16/1947), Arrested 3/14/2013 in Green Bay, Charged with Use of a Computer to Facilitate a Child Sex Crime.

Investigation of other individuals identified as a result of the operation continues.

Policing the Internet for those who wish to exploit children presents unique challenges for law enforcement in areas of investigative resources, forensic technology and jurisdictional boundaries, authorities said. This complex operation was a coordinated effort by the Brown County Sheriff's Office, Door County Sheriff's Office, the DOJ's Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI), and local law enforcement agencies, including: Madison Police Department, Dane County Sheriff's Office, Kewaunee County Sheriff's Department, Oconto County Sheriff's Department, Marinette County Sheriff's Department, Outagamie County Sheriff's Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

Attorney General Van Hollen, Brown County Sheriff John Gossage and Door County Sheriff Terry Vogel also wish to thank the following agencies that provided significant assistance: Ashwaubenon Public Safety Department, Sturgeon Bay Police Department, Minocqua Police Department, Marathon County Sheriff's Department, Kenosha Police Department and Shawano Police Department.

 
 

 

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