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The Door County Sheriff's Office, Brown County Sheriff's Office and Others Partner with Special Agents from the Wisconsin Department of Justice in Large-Scale Internet Crimes Against Children Operation

 

More than 15 Suspects Arrested as Part of Operation Black Veil

 

News Conference Scheduled for 10:15 am TODAY in Green Bay

 

MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen, Brown County Sheriff John R. Gossage and Door County Sheriff Terry J. Vogel have announced that beginning Tuesday, March 12, 2013, through Thursday, March 14, 2013, 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 three-day long 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.  More than 15 suspects were arrested as part of Operation Black Veil, which also involved extensive assistance in the field from the Madison Police Department, the Dane County Sheriff’s Office, the Outagamie County Sheriff’s Department and others.

 

A news conference with a number of the agencies involved is scheduled for 10:15 am TODAY at the Brown County Sheriff’s Office (in the Truttmann Room), located at 2684 Development Drive in Green Bay .  Brown County Sheriff John Gossage, Door County Sheriff Terry Vogel and Deputy Attorney General Kevin St. John will deliver remarks and take some questions regarding the operation.

 

Below is a list 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; Zimmerman Photo
  • Timothy M. Marking (DOB 7/15/1963), Arrested 3/12/2013 in Madison, Charged with Trafficking of a Child and Child Enticement; Marking Photo
  • Matthew J. Micksch (DOB 7/17/1986), Arrested 3/12/2013 in Green Bay, Charged with Child Enticement; Micksch Photo
  • 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; Marion Photo
  • 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; Stegall Photo
  • Douglas Crueger (DOB 6/5/1968), Arrested 3/13/2013 in Madison, Tentatively Charged with Solicitation of a Prostitute; Crueger Photo
  • William C. Ward (DOB 5/28/1985), Arrested 3/13/2012 in Green Bay, Charged with Trafficking of a Child; Ward Photo
  • 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; Nelson Photo
  • 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; Moctezuma Photo
  • 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; Belz Photo
  • 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; Gleason Photo
  • 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. Wenzel Photo

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.  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.

 

Please refer to the criminal complaint for each case for more information.  Defendants enjoy the presumption of innocence.  The prosecution must prove its allegations at trial beyond a reasonable doubt.

 

Zimmerman Complaint

Marking Complaint

Marion Complaint

Stegall Complaint

Belz Complaint

Crueger Complaint