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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Keshena Man Indicted for Attempted Child Exploitation and Enticement on Menominee Indian Reservation

Gregory J. Haanstad, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, announced that on November 21, 2017, a federal grand jury returned a three-count indictment against Basil L. O’Kimosh (age: 39), of Keshena, Wisconsin. The indictment alleges that O’Kimosh used an internet chat app to attempt to exploit a minor female on the Menominee Indian Reservation.

 

Count One charges O’Kimosh with Attempted Child Exploitation in violation of Title 18 United States Code § 2251(a). On this count O’Kimosh faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years, and a maximum sentence of life in prison; up to a $250,000 fine; and between 5 years and a lifetime of supervised release. The charge also carries a $5000 special assessment.

 

Count Two charges O’Kimosh with Attempted Child Enticement in violation of Title 18 United States Code § 2422(b). On this count O’Kimosh faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison, and a maximum sentence of life in prison; up to a $250,000 fine; and between 5 years and a lifetime of supervised release. The charge also carries a $5000 special assessment.

 

According to the indictment, on November 1, 2017, O’Kimosh attempted to obtain images of a minor female engaged in lascivious behavior. Additionally, between January 1, 2017 and November 2, 2017, O’Kimosh used his phone to attempt to persuade the minor female to engage in sexual activity at a location within the Menominee Indian Reservation.

           

The case was investigated by the Menominee Tribal Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, with assistance from the Wisconsin Department of Justice - Division of Criminal Investigation (NADGI and ICAC Task Forces). The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Andrew J. Maier.

 

An indictment is only a charge and not evidence of guilt. The defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

 

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For additional information contact:

Public Information Officer Dean Puschnig, 414-297-1700

Updated November 28, 2017