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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:
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.