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Internet crimes against children sting nets 17 arrests

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Top row (L-R): Belz, Crueger, Fumelle, Gleason, Lahti. Second row: Marion, Marking, Micksch, Moctezuma. Third row: Nelson, Randall, Stegall. Vadnais-Speck. Fourth row: Waller, Ward, Wenzel, Zimmerman.
Top row (L-R): Belz, Crueger, Fumelle, Gleason, Lahti. Second row: Marion, Marking, Micksch, Moctezuma. Third row: Nelson, Randall, Stegall. Vadnais-Speck. Fourth row: Waller, Ward, Wenzel, Zimmerman.

BELLEVUE, WI (WTAQ) - It's the largest coordinated effort between state and local authorities, and it has led to 17 arrests for Internet crimes against children.

The Wisconsin Department of Justice, Brown County and Door County Sheriff's Department, along with other agencies took part in this large-scale Internet Crimes Against Children Operation known as, "Operation Black Veil."

"What we had here was a coordination of law enforcement efforts that was the apex of what we all aspire to when we talk about law enforcement leveraging resources," said Wisconsin Deputy Attorney General Kevin St. John. "This really is, I would say, the largest coordinated operation with state, local law enforcement agences with more than 100 involved."

The three-day long ICAC operation 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.

"In three days, we talked to over 500 suspects," says Door County Sheriff Terry Vogel. "I do anticipate some of these investigations to go even further."

Arrested were:

  • Timothy J. Belz, 18. Arrested March 14 in Madison on suspicion of using a computer to facilitate a child sex crime and solicitation of a prostitute.
  • Douglas Crueger, 44. Arrested March 13 in Madison on suspicion of solicitation of a prostitute.
  • Joshua J. Fumelle, 23. Arrested March 13 in Outagamie County on suspicion of using a computer to facilitate a child sex crime and child enticement.
  • Ryan D. Gleason, 21. Arrested March 14 in Green Bay on suspicion of using a computer to facilitate a child sex crime.
  • Benjamin W. Lahti, 24. Arrested March 12 in Minocqua on suspicion of using a computer to facilitate a child sex crime, exposing a child to harmful materials and possession of drug paraphernalia.
  • Marc S. Marion, 54. Arrested March 13 in Madison on suspicion of using a computer to facilitate a child sex crime.
  • Timothy M. Marking, 49. Arrested March 12 in Madison on suspicion of trafficking a child and child enticement.
  • Matthew J. Micksch, 26. Arrested March 12 in Green Bay on suspicion of child enticement.
  • Daniel W. Moctezuma, 39. Arrested March 14 in Kenosha on suspicion of using a computer to facilitate a child sex crime and child enticement.
  • Craig R. Nelson. 34. Arrested March 13 in Green Bay on suspicion of trafficking a child, possession of THC and possession of drug paraphernalia.
  • Mark A. Randall, 42. Arrested March 14 in Appleton on suspicion of trafficking of a child, child enticement and resisting or obstructing an officer.
  • Jeremy W. Stegall, 29. Arrested March 13 in Madison on suspicion of using a computer to facilitate a child sex crime.
  • Jeffery D. Vadnais-Speck, 27. Arrested March 14 in Shawano on suspicion of using a computer to  facilitate a child sex crime.
  • Phillip Waller, 36. Arrested March 13 in Wausau on suspicion of using a computer to facilitate a child sex crime.
  • William C. Ward, 27. Arrested March 13 in Green Bay on suspicion of trafficking of a child.
  • Michael R. Wenzel, 65. Arrested March 14 in Green Bay on suspicion of using a computer to facilitate a child sex crime.
  • Charles Zimmerman, 37. Arrested March 12 in Madison on suspicion of trafficking a child.

Brown County Sheriff John Gossage says part of this revelation is to serve as a warning to parents that this kind of activity is taking place right in their own community.

"The parents need to know how to protect their kids," says Gossage. "Whether it be a blocker on their computers, we're looking at going from computers to smartphones. We want to make sure the public is aware and they can go to our website to learn some tips to help with that."

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