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James L. Canfield of Grafton Arrested
GRAFTON On June 23, 2009, at about 8:15 p.m., a search warrant was executed by the Grafton Police Department and the Wisconsin Department of Justices Division of Criminal Investigations Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (DCI ICAC) at the residence of James L. Canfield, DOB 02/04/1955, 1855 Sumac Court, Unit B, Grafton, WI.
The investigation began in September of 2008, when an undercover officer with the St. Charles County, MO, Sheriffs Department was engaged online by someone claiming to be a 17-year-old boy. The person then exposed himself via web camera to the officer, who was posing as a 13-year-old girl. Similar events took place in November and December. According to the criminal complaint, the Sheriffs Department traced the screen name to the Yahoo! account of Canfield at the above-listed residence, and they contacted the Grafton Police Department for assistance in January.
The Grafton Police Department contacted the DCI ICAC Task Force for help, and a similar undercover investigation commenced. Canfield was traced by his contacts with an undercover DCI agent to the Grafton address. The undercover investigation concluded with the execution of the search warrant and arrest of Canfield. When officers knocked and announced the search warrant, Canfield came to the door.
Mr. Canfield invoked Miranda rights a few minutes after questioning began.
Mr. Canfield was charged with Two Counts of Attempting to Cause a Child Under Over 13 to View/Listen to Sexual Activity.
Questions concerning this case should be directed towards the Ozaukee County District Attorneys Office.
A defendant enjoys the presumption of innocence. The prosecution must prove its allegations at trial beyond a reasonable doubt.
A copy of the criminal complaint is available at: