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Manitowoc Man Indicted for Crimes Against Underage Children

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

Matthew D. Krueger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, announced that on anuary 12, 2021, a federal grand jury returned a three-count indictment against Timothy J. Tetzlaff (age: 59) of the Town of Mishicot, Wisconsin.

Tetzlaff faces two counts alleging that he transported minors in interstate and foreign commerce with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity contrary to Title 18, United States Code, Section 2423(a) and that he engaged in the production of child pornography in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2251(a).  

If convicted of the transportation charges, Tetzlaff faces a mandatory ten years’ imprisonment and up to a life sentence on each count. If convicted of the child pornography production charge, he faces a mandatory 15 years’ imprisonment and up to 30 years’ imprisonment.  

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

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

This case was investigated by the Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Office and the Green Bay branch of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daniel R. Humble.

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For Additional Information Contact: Public Information Officer Kenneth Gales


Updated January 12, 2021