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Langlade County Sex Offender Sentenced to 15 years in Federal Prison

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Wisconsin

Gregory J. Haanstad, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, announced that on January 18, 2024, Anthony J. Michalek (age: 38) of Langlade County, Wisconsin, was sentenced to 180 months’ imprisonment for receiving obscene visual depictions of the sexual abuse of children, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1466A, and for doing so while being required to register as a sex offender.

At Michalek’s sentencing hearing, Senior United States District Judge William C. Griesbach noted the horrific nature of the defendant’s actions and the effect that his actions have on child victims.  Senior Judge Griesbach also stressed the danger Michalek presents to the community given his status as a repeat offender, having been convicted in 2007 of sexual assault in Dane County, Wisconsin. Following his release from prison, Michalek will spend 20 years on supervised release and will continue to be required to register as a sex offender under state and federal law.

This case was investigated by the Langlade County Sheriff’s Office and the Green Bay and Wausau Offices of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  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

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Updated January 18, 2024