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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Wisconsin

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Former Police Chief Sentenced to Ten Additional Years for Possessing Child Pornography Before Reporting to Federal Prison for Prior Offense

Richard G. Frohling, Acting United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, announced that on November 2, 2021, Alexander P. Bebris (age: 52) of Denmark, Wisconsin, was sentenced to an additional ten years in federal prison for possessing child pornography.

According to court records, Bebris was convicted less than one year ago in the same federal court on a charge of distributing child pornography. He received a sentence of five years’ imprisonment in that case, but he was allowed to remain free pending the resolution of his appeal.  On August 8, 2021, an appellate court upheld Bebris’ conviction, and he was ordered to report to federal prison. Three days before Bebris was to report to prison, law enforcement executed a search warrant at Bebris’ residence and recovered a substantial amount of recently-downloaded child pornography, including depictions of children as young as three years of age.

Bebris subsequently was indicted for possession of child pornography and entered a guilty plea.  According to court records, prior to his arrest in his first case, Bebris spent his career in law enforcement, most recently as Public Safety Chief in Oakwood, Ohio.

At sentencing for his second offense, Senior United States District Judge William C. Griesbach called Bebris’ actions “outrageous and highly offensive.”  Judge Griesbach further stated that Bebris’ willingness to commit almost the exact same crime while on release indicated a “strong need for deterrence and punishment.” Judge Griesbach ordered that the 10-year sentence run consecutively to the previously imposed, 5-year sentence. Following his release from prison, Bebris will spend 10 years on supervised release.  He also will be required to register as a sexual offender.

This case was investigated by the Calumet County Sheriff’s Office with the assistance of the Brown County Sheriff’s Office.  It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daniel R. Humble.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006, by the U.S. Department of Justice. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov. 

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Updated November 3, 2021